"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."
The news comes after a petition to challenge the Home Office's decision reached over 65,000 signatures.
“Their case is very distressing on a personal level, but it also sets a dangerous precedent for other non-UK academics working in universities and doing humanitarian fieldwork abroad."
The agreement - to be debated and voted on at a meeting of union officials today - entails a three-year interim deal to come into effect from April next year. It will require employers to increase pensions contributions to 19.3% of salary, in...
Durham University will face greater government scrutiny over Vice-Chancellors’ pay, grade inflation and accessibility for disadvantaged students, according to the newly published regulatory framework of the Office for Students (OfS).
Industrial action orchestrated by the University and College Union (UCU) was approved by 88% of Durham UCU members.