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Manchester University students win 30% rent cut after Covid protests

The University of Manchester has agreed to give its students a 30% cut in rent for the first half of the academic year following a fractious month of protests and rent strikes against its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The university published a statement on Wednesday stating that all students in university halls of residence will be given a rebate equivalent to four weeks rent as compensation for their reduced experience between September and the end of January. It also set out plans to reopen study spaces, address maintenance issues, improve safety and security, and work with students on a “behaviour pledge”.

The university said the total reduction equates to £4m, which is thought to make it the largest ever rebate secured by students following a rent strike campaign.

The move comes nearly a month after students pulled down fences that had been erected around their halls of residence overnight

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Manchester University chief apologises for false claim over ‘racial profiling’ incident

The University of Manchester’s vice-chancellor has apologised for falsely claiming to have contacted the alleged victim of a racial profiling incident on campus.

Nancy Rothwell told BBC Newsnight on Thursday she had written to first-year student Zac Adan, 19, to apologise after he was pinned to a wall by security guards who demanded to see his student ID.

During the interview, she said she had been “very, very concerned” by the incident and had “apologised to the student for the distress that he felt”.

However, she has since written to Adan to “sincerely apologise” over the claim. In a YouTube video posted by the university’s media team, Rothwell said the last few weeks had been “extremely difficult” for the university.

Last night, I appeared on BBC Newsnight. It was a difficult interview. This morning, I realised that one of the things I said in that interview, with good intent,

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Manchester City boss Guardiola hopes Messi ends career at Barcelona

(Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he is unsure what the future holds for Lionel Messi but hopes as a Barcelona fan that the Argentine forward will remain at the La Liga club until the end of his career.



Pep Guardiola wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO: Manchester City v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group C


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FILE PHOTO: Manchester City v FC Barcelona – UEFA Champions League Group Stage – Group C

Guardiola, who has guided City to two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup following his arrival in 2016, signed a new two-year deal on Thursday that will keep him in charge until the end of the 2022-23 season.

The former Barca manager’s extension at City has opened up the possibility of a reunion with Messi in England, with the player in the last year of his current contract in Spain having unsuccessfully tried to leave the club in the close season.

“Messi’s a player for Barcelona.

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Calls for Manchester University vice-chancellor to quit after racism row

Anti-racism campaigners are calling for the vice-chancellor of Manchester University to resign after a student was left “traumatised” by being allegedly racially profiled.



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Dozens of students took part in a demonstration at the university’s Fallowfield campus on Monday night amid growing anger at its handling of the coronavirus lockdown.

Zac Adan, a 19-year-old first year student, said he was “accused of looking like a drug dealer” by the university’s security officers who held him up against a wall and demanded to see his identification on Friday night.

The University of Manchester, which is part of the prestigious Russell group of universities, has launched an investigation into the incident and suspended the security officers involved.

However, it has brought renewed focus on an institution that has battled a series of controversies, prompting almost daily protests from students, including the installation of metal fencing

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Manchester University suspends security guards after claims of racial profiling

The University of Manchester has launched an investigation and suspended some security guards after a student alleged that he was racially profiled.

Footage posted on social media on Sunday night showed security officers detaining a student against a wall while demanding his identification.

The young man can be heard saying: “I’m a University of Manchester student. They’re trying to snatch my card out of me. You see, I take this racial profiling.”

A friend of the student who witnessed the incident told the Guardian that the “security guards decided that he didn’t look like he belonged in the area” and that three of them cited “the drug dealing happening on campus”.

They “pinned him up against the wall without giving him a chance to get his ID out,” she said.

The incident is understood to have happened at the University of Manchester’s Fallowfield halls of residence, which was the focus

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Manchester students barricade themselves into university building

Manchester students have barricaded themselves inside a university building to protest being charged full fees despite coronavirus putting paid to their first term.

The 15 students, who are predominately freshers, insisted they have enough supplies to ‘occupy’ the top floor of Owens Park tower in Fallowfield for several weeks.

Yesterday afternoon they lit smoke flares and draped banners from the windows of the accommodation bloc, which the University of Manchester said is usually empty but off-limits to the students.

The protesters are requesting meeting with the university’s vice chancellor, Dame Nancy Rothwell, and have demanded a reduction to rent and tuition.   

The 15 students, who are predominately freshers, insisted they have enough supplies to ‘occupy’ the top floor of Owens Park tower in Fallowfield for several weeks

Yesterday afternoon they set off smoke flares and draped banners from the windows of the accommodation bloc

Yesterday afternoon they set off smoke flares and draped banners from the windows of the accommodation bloc

Police and private security in front of the occupied Owens Park Tower at the University of Manchester's campus

Police and private security in front

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Irate Manchester students tear down fences put up by university to stop them mixing in lockdown

Manchester students pull down security fences around halls of residence

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This was the staggering scene in Manchester last night as irate students tore down fences at the University of Manchester.

Students were livid in Fallowfield, a university-heavy suburb of the North West city, as fences were erected on campus.

Students tore them down in protest, after the uni erected them as a “security measure” to “help avoid the mixing of households”.

The measure came as the country headed into a second lockdown with non-essential retailers shut, as well as pubs.

Households are also banned from mixing under the new rules – and Joe Hindley, a 19-year-old first-year maths student, told the PA news agency: “We’ve just been really frustrated. It feels like a kick in the balls.

“There’s no benefit we can see to them being up.

“They’ve said something about it increasing our safety

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University of Manchester students tear down fence put up around accommodation ‘with no prior warning’

Students at the University of Manchester have torn down fencing put up around their halls of residence “with no prior warning” on the day England’s new lockdown started. 





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A protest was held at the university on Thursday evening, with images on social media showing at least part of the fencing had been pulled down, hours after students awoke to find they were surrounded by the barriers. 

The university said the fence – which was put up around the Fallowfield halls of residence – would be taken down on Friday amid backlash. 

It was in response to concerns about non-residents accessing the site, and was not intended to stop students from coming and going, the vice-chancellor said. 

However, multiple students told The Independent they had no idea what was going on when they spotted the fencing around campus on the day England’s new lockdown came into

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University of Manchester students wake up to find fence around accommodation

University of Manchester students find fences going up around campus ‘with no warning’

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Students at the University of Manchester discovered they were surrounded by fencing “with no prior warning” on the day England’s new lockdown started. 

A protest was held at the university on Thursday evening, with images on social media showing at least part of the fencing had been pulled down. 

The university said the fence – which was put up around a halls of residence – would be taken down on Friday amid backlash. 

It was in response to concerns about non-residents accessing the site, and was not intended to stop students from coming and going, the vice-chancellor said. 

However, multiple students told The Independent they had no idea what was going on when they spotted the fencing around campus on the day England’s new lockdown came into force.  

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Students at University of Manchester Topple ‘Lockdown’ Fence Around Residence Halls [Video]

Students rallied to tear down a ‘lockdown’ fence erected around residence halls at the University of Manchester on November 5, with the fence reportedly put up as a security measure.

Footage posted by the Socialist Worker Student Society shows a crowd knocking down a metal fence as onlookers cheer.

Local news reported the fence was erected as part of the University’s new security protocols due to England’s four-week-long COVID-19 lockdown. According to the Manchester Evening News, students claimed to have received no prior warning of the new measures.

The University’s President and Vice-Chancellor issued an apology following the protests on November 5. “The fencing was intended as a response to a number of concerns received over recent weeks from staff and students on this site about safety and security; particularly about access by people who are not residents,” wrote President and Vice-Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell.

“There was never any

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