Poll: three-fifths of students support strike
Three-fifths of students support striking university staff members, according to a YouGov poll released today.
Picket lines form in Manchester
My colleague Frances Perraudin has just arrived at the picket line outside the Manchester University student union.
Jeremy Corbyn supports striking university staff
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has posted a YouTube video articulating his support for striking university staff.
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Lecturers explain why they are striking
Many university lecturers have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #USSStrike and blogs today to explain why they are striking. Many are keen to stress that this isn’t just about changes to their pension fund, the University Superanuation Scheme (USS) but it is also a protest against the marketisation” of university life.
This eloquent blog post from an anonymous university lecturer is also worth a read:
Staff at 61 UK universities begin two-day strike
Welcome to the Guardian’s liveblog of the university lecturers’ strike, where we will keep you informed of all the day’s developments as they happen.
Teaching staff at 61 universities have this morning started the first of a series of planned strikes over the next four weeks, staging a two-day walkout over proposed changes to pensions that they say will leave them £10,000 a year worse off in retirement.
The industrial action is expected to affect at least 1 million students and some of the UK’s most prestigious universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Exeter and Imperial College London.
For background reading, my colleague Sally Weale’s piece looks at the tens of thousands of students calling for compensation over the University and College Union industrial action. You can also find out why some students are backing it.
Last month, UCU members voted overwhelmingly to strike. The union estimates that 575,000 teaching hours will be lost over the next four weeks.
We’ll have reporters on the ground in Sussex, Bristol and Manchester, but we would love to hear from you about your take on today’s industrial action.