A month of strikes over changes to lecturers' pensions, affecting a total of 64 universities and more than a million students, is starting. Academics are walking out at universities from York to Bangor, and including Oxford and Cambridge. Petitions signed by 80,000 students, many backing the lecturers, are demanding refunds for lost teaching. But the employers' group Universities UK says the scheme has a deficit of more than £6bn which it cannot ignore.
As university lecturers at 64 universities strike over pensions, we look at the issues. Lecturers who are members of the University and College Union are angry at proposed changes to their pensions, which they say could leave them up to £10,000 a year worse off in retirement.
"I didn't hear the word university until after I had left school but I know I could have done well." Daniel Bennett from Kennington in south London is a heating engineer. He did a four-year apprenticeship straight out of school and makes a good living but doesn't want his son to follow in his footsteps. "I was quite smart but I didn't know it. I was very quiet and sat in the background. No issues, no trouble but I got no encouragement from teachers."
@iamcalldgeorgia Hi Georgia, I am from BBC News Online and have just read your Tab piece about the lecturers' pension strike. I am going to be writing a story for Thursday and am keen to include comments from students. Have you got time for a chat on the phone?
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