as he came to the lectern, a number of audience members (both students and academics) stood up and read, or performed, collectively, a poem articulating opposition to the policies he was advocating. They continued to read and repeat the poem until after a few minutes Willetts was ushered away and the lecture and question and answer session cancelled.In response,
one PhD student was singled out for reprisal by the university authorities, and made subject to the university’s disciplinary procedures.This singling out despite
a letter signed by sixty dons and students advertising their own actual or implicit part in the protest was drafted and sent. This had no effect on the proceedings, and the hearing went ahead.The result? The student was given
a sentence of seven terms rustication which, as earlymodernjohn points out, is almost the whole period of PhD study.From gambling and drink to protesting the absurd idea that the best way to respond to years of neoliberalism more neoliberalism.