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Academics to Walk out at Cambridge Open Day

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Academics will be holding a strike this Thursday to coincide with a university open day at Cambridge University.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will set up pickets around the city, just as hundreds of sixth form students are set to visit the area for the first time.

The strike has specifically been planned to coincide with the open day, as union members make their case for fairer pay and better conditions to prospective students and their parents.

The latest strike will represent the third time this year that academics have walked out, following a national strike held in May and a protest at the university's honorary degree ceremony.

The strike is being held in relation to a 1.1% pay increase from the universities' employers. The UCU argue that universities can afford to pay more and that the latest offer does not address the 14.5% real terms pay cut members have suffered since 2009.

The Cambridge strike action will take place alongside others being held at King's College London, LSE and Queen Mary.