Manchester student: they fenced us in like animals

November 6, 2020
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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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