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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York were met by Christian students campaigning against tuition fee increases when they spoke at the University of Manchester.
The theologian Kenneth Leech has urged Christians to unite prayer and activism. He was speaking at the annual conference of the Student Christian Movement.
Christian students from across Britain are gathering for the Student Christian Movement conference - the first since last year's surge in student activism.
Following the surge in student activism last year, the Student Christian Movement say they are expecting a record turnout at their annual conference.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity marks the start of an encouraging year for the ecumenical movement in Britain, according to the Student Christian Movement.
Students in Canterbury have urged Archbishop Rowan Williams to back their peaceful protest as university authorities seek to break up a nonviolent sit-in.
Pupils from fee-paying schools are 55 times more likely to gain a place at Oxford or Cambridge than those who qualified for free school meals.
Jenny Jones, a Green member of the London Assembly and member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, says answers are needed about the policing of recent protests.
Membership of the Young Greens increased by 10% in only one weekend after Parliament voted to treble the cap on university fees in England to £9,000 per year.
Civil liberties campaigners have condemned comments by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, who declined to rule out a ban on protest marches in central London.