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Media coverage of protest today

November 19, 2009

hundreds of staff and students attended the protest

Today, campus trade unions and students protested against job cuts at the University of Leeds. This protest received significant coverage by the local media. BBC Radio Leeds, Radio Aire and Real Radio all mentioned the protest in their news bulletins, all three featuring interviews with UCU spokesperson Mark Taylor-Batty. The evening edition of Look North showed images of the hundreds of protesters, as Harry Gration remarked that “there was another demonstration outside Leeds University this evening about proposals which unions say could leave the University with the worst teacher to student ratio in the country.”

Look North 19 November

Click to watch Look North report

Speeches were made outside the Ziff building and the crowd was reminded that “cleaners, porters, caterers, security guards, clerical staff and administrators” as well as academic and related staff, all faced the threat of compulsory redundancy. A representative student made a speech about how he wanted the University to invest in lecturers, not buildings.

All staff groups, and students, were well represented at the lobby of council, and petitions were handed over to the VC by both staff and students.

BBC News

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The BBC reported the protest online in this article


UCU on BBC Radio Leeds, 8am news bulletin (and repeated through the day) Listen here
UCU live interview on Radio Leeds – Listen here

3 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:30 PM

    Please note there was also a video put up on Indymedia the night of the 19th that covered the protest. It is available at or here


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