Students who staged a sit-in at an Aberdeen university have left the educational body with a security bill of more than £12,000.
Around a dozen protestors camped out in the corridor leading to the principal’s office at the University of Aberdeen for eight nights and nine days last month in solidarity with striking lecturers.
Newly obtained figures revealed the stunt cost the university at least £12,700, as it had to pay for 102 separate security guard shifts to keep the peace around the clock.
This total could rise even further, as several of the claims and invoices for the work are still being processed.
The cost also includes £302 spent on heating and electricity to keep the students warm overnight, when the Regent Walk building is usually empty.
Depute Provost Alan Donnelly said: “Free speech and the right to demonstrate are the main instruments in any democracy, but who picks up the cost? Will that fall to the taxpayer or the students who pay fees?
“I have no problem with people demonstrating but they should do so at their own cost.”
No one from the student group could be contacted for comment.