From September, students will see interest rates on student loans rise from 6.1% to 6.3% in line with inflation.
The result has come as a disappointment to many academics who believed the proposal did not offer enough.
The threshhold for paying back student loans has risen from annual salaries of £21,000 to £25,000, a move that will affect thousands of young graduates.
A new study analysing widening participation data has placed Durham in the bottom ten of the UK's 132 universities.
“Dividing children into the most able and the rest from an early age does not appear to lead to better results for either group" Professor Stephen Gorard from Durham University’s School of Education has said.
The number of strike days which could occur during the exam and assessment period will depend on any earlier action in April aimed at teaching.
Incensed attendees took to the stage at around 4pm, chanting "Solidarity forever, 'cause the Union makes us strong"