The University of East Anglia (UEA) has sparked controversy after it proposed to remove a daily prayer space for Muslim students to be replaced with a corridor to its library.

The decision made "with no consultation" comes a week before Ramadan – a month of fasting and religious focus for the Muslim community.

In 2014, students were designated a daily prayer space in the Lecture Theatre Block and a larger space was made available in the Blackdale building for Friday prayers.

But the move will see the university's more than 500 Muslim students forced to use the multi-faith centre, despite UEA concluding in 2014 that the space "would most likely be insufficient for congregational (Friday) and possibly also day to day prayers", when the university previously tried to close the Islamic Centre.

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