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"
"I do this in support of strikes to defend pensions and because I care deeply about protecting teaching quality and research excellence in our sector."
The Universities Minister Sam Gyimah called on the UCU and UUK to "get back to the negotiating table, without pre-conditions, and to find a solution that avoids further disruption to students."