5 December 2013

University granted injunction

Following the occupation of parts of Senate House by a group of “independent students” on Wednesday 4 December, the University has been granted an injunction order.

The High Court has approved the University’s proceedings for an injunction and for possession.  The injunction order was granted during the evening on Wednesday 4th December and the possession order was granted during the afternoon of Thursday 5th December.  The injunction prohibits protests by occupation on any of the buildings within a defined perimeter, including Senate House, ULU, the Warburg Institute, Brunei Gallery, Weiner and main buildings of Birkbeck and SOAS.  Anyone who occupies any of these buildings or spaces for the purposes of carrying out a protest before June 2014 will commit the criminal offence of contempt of court.

Chris Cobb, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary, said: “This is a regrettable but necessary step that we have taken in order to prevent the type of violent and intimidating behaviour that we have seen by protesters at Senate House recently.”

Senate House - Sealed Injunction  [PDF 5pgs, 1.3MB]

Senate House - Sealed Possession Order  [PDF 3pgs, 599KB]


For further information contact:

James Pestell
Director of Marketing and External Relations
University of London
Tel: 020 7862 8020, E:james.pestell@london.ac.uk
Mobile 07711 368029

Binda Rai
Head of Communications and External Relations
University of London
Tel:  020 7862 8545
E: binda.rai@london.ac.uk 

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