A SOAS spokesperson said: “Since Monday the School has been working with the Students’ Union (SU) to find a way forward following the occupation of the Brunei Suite by a group of students.
“In line with the policy on occupations, SOAS does not enter into discussions with anyone occupying School premises but is committed to open discussion via the Students’ Union.
“Every effort has been made to resolve the situation but despite the best efforts of the School and the SU, the group has refused to leave the building until their demands are met. With great regret, the School has sought an injunction to regain possession of the suite which was issued to the group at 1.15pm yesterday (24 November).
“This is not a course of action that we have taken lightly and would have much preferred to have addressed students’ concerns through the established channels. We share the concerns of many about the implications of government proposals for higher education in general, and for SOAS in particular. We hope that it will be possible to reach a positive conclusion to these events.
“The School’s policy on occupations was unanimously approved in October 2009 by the SOAS Governing Body, which includes representatives of the School’s Students’ Union. The policy can be found on the School’s website:
“Many avenues are open to students who wish to bring concerns to the attention of the School. This includes raising such concerns with the elected representatives of the Students’ Union who meet regularly with the School Director and other senior members of staff.
“We would encourage the group to end the occupation and return the space to our colleagues in the Brunei Gallery.”