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Sit-in students end college occupation after court order

PUBLISHED: 16:29 18 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 05 October 2010

STUDENTS occupying part of their college campus in protest at 550 university jobs being axed have been forced out of their sit-in. They took-over the cafeteria in the London Met University’s Whitechapel campus in East London a week ago

By Gemma Collins

STUDENTS occupying part of their college campus in protest at plans to axe 550 university jobs including lecturers have been forced out of their sit-in.

Around 70 students took-over the cafeteria in the London Metropolitan University’s Whitechapel campus in East London a week ago.

But they were finally forced out after being issued with a court injunction from university bosses who ordered them to leave.

The university, the largest in London with 34,000 students, is having to repay £50 million after auditors found drop-out rates were higher than stated and that it had been overpaid each year by Whitehall.

Students from the John Cass department of Art, Media & Design have been staging the protest since last Monday to support their lecturers who now face redundancy.

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