The student occupation of a building at a university has ended after eight days.
The group, who had been occupying the corridor in a management building at the University of Aberdeen since last Tuesday, was standing in solidarity with lecturers who were striking over pension changes.
A group of 12 protesters, who left the building yesterday, had issued a list of demands to management, including asking that no penalties would be handed out to lecturers who took part in the action.
And the students claimed one of their demands had been met saying an e-mail had been circulated to staff stating that anything short of strike action such as working strictly to contracts, would not incur a dock in pay.
A statement released by the group said: “It has been an incredibly stressful and difficult time for everyone involved, but we were driven by conviction and a commitment to change things for the better.”
Students also railed against the university in their statement for what they called “a consistent disregard and disrespect for students and staff”.
Lewis Macleod, a member of the occupation and the Aberdeen University Student Association Communities Officer, said: “The message has got out to so many people about how our institution functions, the way in which power is balanced within our institution.
“We’ve also seen the university climb down on docking of staff for action short of a strike, which is a fantastic result.
“At this time, just for the wellbeing of people in there – we were facing some horrible conditions at the hands of management – it was time to bring it to an end.”
A vote was held by the occupiers on whether to leave the building.
A spokeswoman for the University of Aberdeen confirmed that the occupation had come to an end.
A spokesman for the student association at the university said: “The occupation of University offices was entirely student-led.
“Our primary concern was for the welfare and safety of the students participating in or supporting the occupation.”