Students face disruption as universities prepare to vote on strikes

Students face fresh wave of disruption as 143 universities prepare to vote on proposed strikes over two percent pay rise

  • Undergraduates paying £9,250 a year will face a further loss of teaching time
  • University and College Union members could walk out over pay rises
  • Fourteen days of teaching were lost last year when staff walked out over pensions  

Students may face a fresh wave of disruption as lecturers at 143 universities prepare to vote on proposed strikes.

Undergraduates, currently paying £9,250 each year in tuition fees, will be concerned about lost teaching time if the strikes go ahead.

Fourteen days of teaching were lost when University and College Union (UCU) members including lecturers, academics and researchers at 65 universities walked out last year in a separate dispute over pensions.

Undergraduates, currently paying £9,250 each year in tuition fees, will be concerned about lost teaching time if the strikes go ahead


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This affected more than one million students according to the UCU, and led to the loss of 575,000 teaching hours.

In this latest dispute, the UCU is angry at the failure of universities to improve on an imposed 2 per cent pay rise.

The ballot result is due at the end of February.

 

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