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Students occupy Sussex University hall in cuts protest

Student protest at the University of Sussex

Students in week-long sit-in demo

Students at the University of Sussex in Brighton have occupied a campus building in protest over proposed cuts.

Up to 100 people have been staying in a lecture theatre since Thursday in protest at the plans to cut 115 jobs and create 20 new posts.

About 300 students are taking part in the occupation, with a third of that number remaining on site at any one time, according to a spokesman.

The university said the planned cuts were the subject of a consultation.

Members of the University and College Union at the Falmer site plan to hold one-day strike on Thursday.

'Same mantra'

A student called Tabitha, who is taking part in the protest, called on the university to rethink its plans.

She said: "What we want is for them to sit down with the facility, the staff and the students' union.

"To sit down and actually listen to what we are saying, instead of repeating the same mantra they seem to have of 'oh there's nothing we can do'."

The students are also calling for six students that were suspended by the university, following a previous sit-in protest against the plans to cut staff numbers, to be reinstated.

About 50 students barricaded themselves into the university offices in Falmer, near Brighton, on 3 March.

The university suspended six students after they were identified as having taken part in the sit-in, which led to two arrests.

Up to 100 students took part in wider protests around the campus against the proposed cuts.

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