More than 70,000 staff at 150 universities across the UK will strike for 18 days between February and March in disputes over pay, conditions and pensions, it has been confirmed.

Over 2.5 million students will be affected by the strikes, which was called by the University and College Union (UCU).

They join the nurses, ambulance workers and train workers who have been walking out of work in respective disputes over pay and terms and conditions.

The first university walkout was on 1 February,..

On February 3, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) - which represents university employers - made the UCU a pay offer worth 4 to 5 per cent, which the union has said is insufficient; and so will walk out over the next two months until a new offer is made.

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