The Times this morning reports on last night’s vote at Liverpool Education Committee which called on the Association of Education Committees to instruct local education authorities whether grants should be withheld from the 300 Liverpool University Students who have been sitting-in at the Senate House.
The Association of Education Committees is to be asked to advise as a matter of urgency whether grants should be withheld from the 300 Liverpool University students who have been sitting-in at the Senate House for nine days. Liverpool Education Committee today carried by 16 votes to three a resolution calling on the association to instruct local education authorities what action they should take in the exercise of their responsibility over university grants and awards.
Proposing the emergency motion Alderman Joseph Norton, a Conservative member, described the Liverpool sit-in as an act of piracy. The time had come to say whether the students involved had forfeited the right to attend a seat of learning at the taxpayers’ and ‘ ratepayers’ expense. But he added that probably no more than a small proportion of the students received grants from the Liverpool authority and he would not like to see these local students singled out. The matter should go to the association for a ruling on the ground that all the students involved were unfit to receive financial support.
Four Oxford undergraduates, three of them women, were yesterday fined by the proctors. The hearing arose from the recent occupation of part of the univensity. Two students, Miss Gill Hodges of St Anne’s College, and Mr Alan Freeman of Wolfson College, had allegations of illegally entering the Clarendon building withdrawn. But they were each fined £4 for not appearing earlier to face the summonses.
Miss Zena Hifer, a second year politics, philosophy and economics student, was fined £8 for entering the building and £5 for not appearing. Miss Antonia Bennett was given similar fines for the same offences. Seven more cases will be heard today.
At Kent University, 600 students in the fourteenth day of their occupation of the Cornwallis Building decided to continue their sit-in. They are demanding to see the university’s personal files.