Emily Loud reports for the Cambridge Student on the suspension imposed on Owen Holland after protesting against the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts:
Owen Holland, a Cambridge PHD student and activist associated with the Cambridge Defend Education protest group, has been banned from the University for a period of two and a half years for his part in the protest staged against David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, at Lady Mitchell Hall last term.
The Court of Discipline ruled that Holland would not be allowed to attend the University until October 2014 after he took part in the “epistle to David Willetts” which prevented Willetts from beginning his speech on ‘The Idea of the University’. He has 28 days in which to appeal the ruling.
Full story here.
Harry Shukman and Jonny Singer cover the petition brought about in response by the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) for The Tab:
CUSU’s petition has amassed almost 1,000 signatures in just over twelve hours.
CUSU has begun a petition, entitled “This Is Not Justice”, which calls on the uni to repeal the punishment.
The petition slams the “exemplary and punitive” sentence and calls for the reinstatement of Holland. The uni has been accused of undermining its “professed commitment to freedom of speech and the right to protest” for the sentence.
Over 100 people, including University Challenge superstar Alex Guttenplan, have signed the petition.
Full article here.
Andrew Griffin write for Cambridge University’s Varsity on the story:
The length of the sentence is entirely unprecedented, and many involved in the protest had expected that he would simply be fined.
Liam McNulty, a member of CDE and a student who was involved in the protest, said: “This sentence is unprecedented and grossly disproportionate.
“The University has made a mockery of any notion that it exists to protect the freedom of expression. It has disgraced itself in the eyes of all reasonable people.” CUSU President Gerard Tully released a statement saying: “We are dismayed by the University Court’s bizarre decision…
Full article here.