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Universities protest cuts

Emergency UK budget prompts action by students and staff.

Students and staff at 100 universities across the United Kingdom staged on-campus protests on 21 June against proposed government funding cuts that they say would jeopardize jobs, salaries, courses and student admissions. The more than £1 billion (US$1.5 billion) of cuts would be implemented over several years and are part of an emergency budget plan, released on 22 June, to reduce public spending. Details on the cuts' totals and where they will be made will be unveiled in October. Protestors were upset about possible faculty layoffs, lower salaries, higher tuition and reduced courses. The protests were organized by staff and student unions. At least 75% of UK universities would be affected under the budget plan.

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Universities protest cuts. Nature 466, 145 (2010).

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