Ms Martin categorically denies any wrongdoing and has hit back at her critics, claiming she is the victim of “racism and classism”.
A ballot presented to Durham’s teaching staff resulted in 88% approval for strike action and 93% support for other forms of industrial action, with a 57% turnout.
The most recent available admissions data shows that in 2015/16, 60.5% of Durham students came from state schools, compared to 39.5% from independent schools.
A new study claims that in 2015/16, the 24 elite institutions together contributed a total to the UK economy equivalent to eight months’ expenditure on the NHS.
Despite recent success, there appears a clear mismatch between Durham’s reputation in Britain compared to its standing across the globe.
The Prime Minister told The Sun on Sunday the move will be accompanied by a £4,000 increase in the salary threshold at which graduates must pay back their loans, to £25,000 per annum.
The proposals, slated to appear in this year's Autumn Budget, could save each student more than £5,000.