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For academic freedom and against deportation

Disillusioned kid | 28.05.2008 19:47 | Education | Migration | Repression | Social Struggles | Terror War

On Wednesday 28 May, hundreds of students and academics came together at the University of Nottingham to protests in defence of academic freedom and against the imminent deportation of university community member Hicham Yezza.

Despite the fact it was pissing down throughtout, hundreds joined the demonstration outside the Hallward Library and listened to academics reading out from the document which precipitated the arrest of politics student Rizwaan Sabir and staff member Hicham Yezza.

The assembly was addressed by Hicham's MP Alan Simpson (who has sent a strongly worded letter to Liam Byrne about Hich's case) who delivered a rousing speech condemning the university and Home Office.

At this point people marched off to the Trent Building where they regrouped in near total silence. Seeing hundreds of people standing together in the building's courtyard, many of them symbolically gagged, while still being able to hear birds singing was a truly surreal experience.

While people drifted off at this point a large number of protesters congregated just outside the Trent Building and heard Hich express his gratitude through a friend on the mobile phone to him.

There are more photos from the demo here.

Disillusioned kid


Most awesome demo ever!

28.05.2008 23:40

Check out these photos too

And don't forget the blog

We must continue until the uni accept the concerns, appologise and take steps to ensure this never happens again. Let us demand a pound of flesh from the registrar and VC for every day that Hicham and Rizwaan spent in detention!

Outraged student


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Well done

28.05.2008 22:20

what an AMAZING DEMO!!

well done everyone!!

those photos on that link are amazing!

student activist

University airbrushing of 'former' employee

28.05.2008 22:27

Nottingham Univeristy now appears to have deleted it's staff email lookup for Hicham Yezza.

Removed from the staff list already? And he's still in the country. Does this mean the university is prepared to delete Hicham from history and just before payday to boot!. We should be told!!

Result of Google search (link goes nowhere):

"Hicham Yezza. Personal Details. Principal School Administrator & PA to ... Contact. School of Modern Languages and Cultures, ..."


According to University of Nottingham, Director of Human Resources - Jaspal Kaur the HR Vision is...

HR: Working together to promote excellence through people.


Can anyone think of a new 'vision statement' in the light of recent events?

Education worker

Hichams page at the University: PA to Head of School

29.05.2008 01:03

Voici la version G o o g l e de la page mise en cache de extraite le 22 mai 2008 23:58:24 GMT.
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Head of School

Professor L Milne
T: +44 (0) 115 951 5832
School Manager and Disability Liaison Officer

Jill Bramston
T: +44 (0) 115 951 5507

PA to Head of School

Hicham Yezza
T: +44 (0) 115 951 5799
Undergraduate Programmes Manager

Jane Kerrigan
T: +44 (0) 115 951 5809

Departmental Administrators:


Catherine Lovesy
T: +44 (0)115 951 5873


Penny Horton
T: +44 (0)115 951 5815

Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Sharmista Chhaya
T: +44 (0)115 951 5800

Ann Tigg
T: +44 (0)115 82 32035

Russian and Slavonic Studies

Ann Howe
T: +44 (0)115 951 5824

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

Louise Botterill
T: +44 (0)115 951 4850

The Language Centre

Janice Clark
T: +44 (0)115 846 6358
Postgraduate and Research Team

Alina Myska
T: +44 (0) 115 84 68316

Sarah Smith
T: +44 (0) 115 84 68269

Sue Ruszczynski
T: +44 (0) 115 84 68317
Year Abroad Administrators/Placement Officers


Cécile Lancashire
T: +44 (0)115 951 5867


Beate Helmke
T: +44 (0)115 951 5885

Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Linda Sharples
T: +44 (0)115 951 5652

Russian and Slavonic Studies

Leilani April
T: +44 (0)115 951 4748
Admissions Officer

Mary Ellerby
T: +44 (0) 115 846 8466
Marketing and Web Development Officer

Susie Colley
T: +44 (0) 115 951 5817
School Office Administrator

Sangeeta Handa
T: +44 (0) 115 846 7826
Assistant Office Administrator

Demi Oldham
T: +44 (0) 115 846 8873
Widening Participation Officer

Sarah Wullink
T: +44 (0) 115 984 68233

School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK +44 (0) 115 951 5799


This is a static page - but az listing is gone

29.05.2008 10:35

True the page mentioned above still exists since it is a static page (although for how long now this has been unhelpfully highlighted?!!!!), but the searchable a-z staff email lookup has gone as stated previously.

Education worker