Search

City University strike: Students stage sit-in protest in support of lecturers amid pensions row

PUBLISHED: 11:16 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 16 March 2018

City students at the sit-in yesterday. Picture: Jasper van Emmerik

City students at the sit-in yesterday. Picture: Jasper van Emmerik

Jasper van Emmerik

City University students showed their support for striking lecturers by staging a sit-in protest this week.

City students at the sit-in yesterday. Picture: Jasper van EmmerikCity students at the sit-in yesterday. Picture: Jasper van Emmerik

The students stationed themselves outside uni president Sir Paul Curran’s office to demand he publish a letter showing unambiguous support for his staff.

The sit-in yesterday came two days after a new offer on university staff pensions was rejected by members of the University and College Union as insufficient.

More than 60 universities around the UK have been affected by the strike, which is now in its 13th day.

Ben Cooke, 23, a journalism Master’s student, said: “Paul Curran can’t himself determine lecturer’s pensions, but he’s a very influential figure in the organisation that does so.

City Uni president Sir Paul Curran addresses City students at the sit-in yesterday. Picture: Jasper van EmmerikCity Uni president Sir Paul Curran addresses City students at the sit-in yesterday. Picture: Jasper van Emmerik

“We think it’s deplorable that he’s not using that influence to prevent the ransacking of the pension scheme.”

Students say they are also angered by the impact strikes have had on their contact hours, especially with UK university tuition coming at such a premium.

Each day of missed lectures takes £69 out of UK students’ pockets, with international students suffering a loss of almost £132 per day. When all the strike days so far are combined, international students have lost £1,860 worth of contact hours.

Tanya Nyenwa, 22, said: “We’re fully in support of the lecturers and are backing them, but it’s unfair that the university hasn’t done anything to compensate us and therefore I will be demanding a refund.”

City Uni chairman Sir Paul Curran addresses students at the sit-in. Picture: Jasper van EmmerikCity Uni chairman Sir Paul Curran addresses students at the sit-in. Picture: Jasper van Emmerik

Sir Paul, arriving at the sit-in, said he had sent a letter out to all university staff indicating his willingness to continue to negotiate in order to arrive at a new offer.

Lecturer strikes are set to cause further disruption during the all-important university exam season in the coming months if no compromise can be found.

Related articles

Latest Islington News Stories

15:42

Police want to speak to this woman over £1,500 worth of damage to a minicab caused by two passengers.

Finsbury Park has been stripped of its Green Flag status after a damning “mystery shopper” report by an environmental charity.

11:58

It used to be the most polluted primary in Islington – now St John Evangelist is the first school to ban cars at pick-up and drop-off times.

10:23

Eastenders actor and Celebrity Masterchef winner John Partridge will be switching on the Archway Christmas lights.

Yesterday, 19:13

A 61-year-old man threatened to fetch his gun while arguing with a shopkeeper in King’s Cross Road on Sunday, it is claimed.

Yesterday, 18:22

A sports academy is offering free sessions to Islington children every Sunday morning at Market Road Football Pitches.

Yesterday, 17:02

A discount card supporting local independent businesses has expanded into Islington.

Yesterday, 15:39

Firefighters rescued a man from his bedsit above the Archway Tavern this morning after it went up in flames.

Promoted Content

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now