Students Prepare Themselves for Coming Strikes

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Students are preparing themselves for a wave of strikes set to take place this week across universities country wide.

Starting today, the University of College Union confirmed that the universities of Edinburgh and Kent will being strike action with the intent to disrupt open days and other university events.

In particular staff at Kent will be striking on the same day that degree marks are due to be awarded to students. Meanwhile on June 10 staff at the University of Winchester walked out, disrupting an open day for prospective students and their parents being held on the same day.

The strike action is being following a pay increase offer of 1.1% from the universities' employers, UCEA. It's argued that universities can afford to pay more and that the latest deal on the table hasn't addressed the real term pay cut of 14.5% its members have seen since 2009.

Adding further fuel to the fire is the fact that vice-chancellors are set to benefit from a 6.1% pay increase.

According to UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, its members were left with no alternative but to escalate their industrial action.