The University of Birmingham has been forced to cancel an open day because of planned protests against funding cuts and tuition fee hikes.

The University expected more than 1,500 prospective students to visit its Edgbaston campus for the postgraduate open day on Wednesday.

But instead the Edgbaston campus is bracing itself for a day of action, which is planned at campuses across the UK.

Worried bosses said they were unable to guarantee an excellent visitor experience because of the “threat of protests”.

The prospective students have been told that the event is now rearranged for 2011.

Teaching staff and some students are expected to take part in the protest, which comes just a few weeks after 52,000 students marched in London.

The march was marred by violence when students stormed the Tory Party HQ in protest at the coalition government’s decision to treble tuition fees.

Fees for some students, on some courses, will soar from £3,300, to £9,000 per year.

A spokeswoman for the University of Birmingham said: “November 24 is a national day of direct action against public sector funding cuts.

“Due to the threat of protests the University of Birmingham is unable to guarantee an excellent visitor experience for more than 1,500 potential students who may have visited the campus on that day.

“Therefore the planned postgraduate open day has been postponed. “The University apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

“All pre-registered attendees have been contacted to inform them of the postponement and will be invited to attend an open day in the near future.”

Tomorrow’s day of action has been organised by the National Campaign Against Fees And Cuts.

A statement released by the group encourages the students to take part in demonstrations, walkouts, banner dropping and even university occupations.

It said the campaign was protesting against the proposed increase in tuition fees and cuts to education funding.