City University strike: Students stage sit-in protest in support of lecturers amid pensions row
- Credit: Jasper van Emmerik
City University students showed their support for striking lecturers by staging a sit-in protest this week.
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.
You may also want to watch:
“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.
- 1 Emirates pop-up Covid-19 vaccine clinic opens for a second time
- 2 Covid-19 cases start to drop off in Islington
- 3 Arsenal start pre-season with win over Chelsea but dealt blow with Jordan Nobbs injury
- 4 Lidl opens! First shoppers enjoy Finsbury Park supermarket
- 5 Key road closed: Hackney and Islington travel news July 31 - August 6
- 6 Escape in Islington this weekend: Lovely food and great new shows
- 7 Tube strike suspended to allow for further talks
- 8 From Shoreditch to Las Vegas: New bingo hall for Hackney
- 9 Hundreds gather for Tony Eastlake funeral in Islington
- 10 Police investigation criticised as officer who knelt on suspect is let off
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.”
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.