Staff members at 74 universities across the UK have begun a 14-day long strike over pay, pension and working conditions.
The University and College Union is holding strikes from today (February 20th) to 13th March in an ordeal that will affect an estimated 1 million+ students. Following on from 8 days of action towards the end of last year and strikes back in 2018, this will the third time some students are disrupted.
The UCU covers an array of top universities including UCL, Kings College London, Queen Mary and more. They have stated that strikes are not the way forward and hope to minimise the effect it has on students – nonetheless they aren’t happy about gender pay gap, the increase in pension contributions and overall workload.
Students are divided on the matter; with a survey by The Student Room showing that 47% of students stand by the lecturers decisions but many are distressed by the obvious detriment to their education.