In what is becoming an increasing trend on campuses across the UK, more than 50 University of Stirling students protested over the prices of their student halls last Tuesday.
The protests centred around a meeting of the university's Joint Policy, Planning and Resources Committee, where students chanted phrases like Â“Fair rent now!Â” and Â“Have you ever lived on beans on toast?Â” and targeted university principal Gerry McCormac with chants of Â“Gerry, Gerry give us a waveÂ”. Protesters then gained entry to the building where the meeting was being held, demanding to see attendees.
A spokeswoman for the university has responded saying, Â“The Rent Review Group, which comprises representatives from across the University and the Students' Union, unanimously agreed recommendations for rent proposals for the 2016/17 academic year. The Rent Review Group also proposed establishing a fund to support students experiencing financial hardship in relation to accommodation costs. The proposals recommended a freeze on rent prices for two-thirds of University of Stirling accommodation Â– representing a reduction in real terms for over 2000 rooms and rent for new properties (Juniper Court, Willow Court, Beech Court and Alexander Court Townhouses) should increase by 2.5 per cent.Â”