by UnHerd
Friday, 6
November 2020
Video
16:57

Manchester student: they fenced us in like animals

by UnHerd

Freddie Sayers meets Izzy Smitheman, a fresher at Manchester University, who suddenly finds herself at the centre of a national controversy after having led a protest on campus last night against students being literally fenced in.

Her story is one of thousands of students who are having a nightmare first year at university nationwide.

She believes almost everyone she knows has had the virus at this point, and nobody she knows has had any serious symptoms.

The university has now taken down the fencing, after the students began pulling it down in anger.

She says the next stage of her political campaign will be to focus on fees — she has not even entered the university yet this year, has received no in person tuition, and feels that the experience is not worth the £9,000 a year it is costing her.

Thanks to Izzy for sharing her story.

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  • November 11, 2020
    I believe this interview is a knee jerk reaction by a student, and Unherd should have waited for a response by the UoM before the interview. 'I sincerely apologise for the concern and distress caused by the erecting of a fence around our Fallowfield Halls of Residence today. This was not our... Read more

  • November 9, 2020
    The University no doubt has a P.R./comm's department, and they no doubt were sitting on the e-mail, or tasked with writing it, to tell the students why the fence was being put up, and 'working from home' took too long to inform them. The 'unauthorised visitors' 'version' they put out too late is... Read more

  • November 9, 2020
    The Universities are acting under Governmental instruction, not only would they be short of money from residential letting profits and tuition fee's, but they are under the threat of withdrawal of research funding too. Read more

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