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Protest for Suspended Cambridge Student

By Harriet Staff

According to this article from the BBC, a student and staff protest is planned for Owen Holland, a Cambridge student who “was suspended from the university for two-and-a-half years for reading out a poem during a speech by Universities Minister David Willetts.”

More from the article:

Cambridge University Students Union has called for the sentence to be quashed.

Liam Burns, President of the National Union of Students, said: “When no laws are broken there is no reason for such a disproportionate punishment.

“It is clear that this decision has unfairly singled out an individual to make an example of.”

Mr Holland has 28 days to appeal.

Salima Mawji, an expert in education law, suggested a legal challenge to the suspension could be made on the grounds that the authorities appeared to have ignored admissions to alleged disciplinary offences by other students.

Ms Mawji asked: “Why was Mr Holland the only member of the student body to be singled out and punished despite open admissions by other students?”

The protest outside the University of Cambridge Old Schools building is due to start at 13:00 GMT on Friday and is expected to include students, staff and lecturers.


Posted in Poetry News on Friday, March 16th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.