STUDENTS and lecturers in Leeds and up and down the country protested today in a last-ditch attempt to halt Government plans to treble university tuition fees.
Sixth-formers began the first occupation of a secondary school since the protests started as MPs prepared for tomorrow's vote to lift the current fee cap of 3,000.
About 100 students at Camden School for Girls, north London, staged a sit-in and said they intended to remain in the school overnight.
Rose Music, 17, said: "We're protesting against university fees and the lifting of the cap but also in solidarity with all the other people that are facing the brunt of these cuts.
"It seems that everything good is being cut at the moment and we're just a small piece of the jigsaw puzzle."
A spokeswoman for the school would not comment.
Acland Burghley School, in Tufnell Park, north London, closed early in response to the protests, with headteacher Jo Armitage saying: "As this has been widely publicised it is likely to attract large numbers of students and the general public and I cannot ensure students' safety in school."
Several protesters chained themselves to a fence outside the constituency office of Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone.
The Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green initially said she was undecided on the fees vote but today confirmed she would support the government.
The occupation at University College London (UCL), the highest profile demonstration since more than 100 arrests were made in Trafalgar Square on November 31, entered its second week today.
Students occupying UCL's Jeremy Bentham Room are awaiting a court decision that could give the university an injunction to have them evicted.
In Manchester, several hundred students from different universities rallied in the city centre and chanted: "Build a bonfire, put the Tories on the top."
Rallies took place in Birmingham, Exeter and Warwick as well as protests in Brighton and Cambridge.
A spokesman for the National Union of Students (NUS) said there would be a mass lobby of MPs on the day of the vote, followed by a march through London and afternoon rally in Westminster.
A vigil will be held at Victoria Embankment tomorrow evening with 9,000 glowsticks representing the potential new fee level.
Plans to use candles had to be dropped for health and safety reasons.
Occupations and sit-ins are already taking place at universities including Bradford, Leeds and University College London.