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March 13, 2018

University strikers reject pension deal

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Image caption University staff have staged four weeks of strikes

University strikers have turned down an agreement reached by university union leaders and employers to end the pensions dispute.

University staff opposed to the deal have pushed for a more “decisive victory”.

It means the strike will continue – with threats to final year exams and assessments in the summer term.

The strike over university pensions has lasted four weeks and cancelled classes in over 60 universities.

On Monday evening an agreement was announced by the University and College Union and Universities UK, after talks at the Acas conciliation service.

This would have put disputed changes to pensions put on hold – and a temporary deal would have tackled the deficit, with talks to re-open on long-term pension arrangements from 2020.

There would also be an independent re-evaluation of the size of the pension scheme’s deficit.

The agreement also indicated that universities would be expected to re-schedule classes disrupted by the strike.

But this has been rejected by a meeting of the union’s representatives – with warnings that it was “completely unacceptable” after weeks of strikes and loss of earnings.

An open letter from staff opposing the deal had argued that it was only postponing long-term decisions about the pension scheme and called for industrial action to continue to “force a more decisive victory”.

Universities UK had told vice chancellors that if the agreement was not accepted the previous pensions proposal would be reinstated, with the “likely outcome” that there would be more strikes in April and May.

The universities minister Sam Gyimah has called for students to be given refunds on fees for lost teaching time.

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BBC Sport Wales meets Anna Hursey, the 11-year-old selected for the...
 
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The new education secretary says schools need to prepare for a...
 
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Alex suffered severe racial bullying when at school. Now he’s been...
 
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The independent Olive Tree Primary School in Luton faced a series...
 
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A survey of thousands of young people across the world reveal...
 
Parents are subsidising a new flagship “free” nursery scheme for three-...
 
University of Kent vice-chancellor Dame Julia Goodfellow receives an extra £45,000...
 
The 11th Century artwork tells the story behind one of the...
 
The government’s 30-hour ‘free’ nursery scheme is being subsidised by parents,...
 
A new campaign aims to make lessons about intellectual property infringement...
 
Parents will soon be able to watch their children’s lessons in...
 
A partnership between Imperial College London and a major French agency...
 
Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell, who earns £468,000, is the highest paid...
 
The future of almost 1,500 apprentices at training centres in England...
 
NHS doctors and a defence contractor are among those buying bogus...
 
A French aristocrat, captured in 1357, was the earliest official “prisoner...
 
The school was criticised by inspectors over child safety and the...
 
A teacher and 11 children were slashed at a school in...
 
Children undergoing cancer treatment receive beads to document their journey and...
 
Young Muslims share their experiences to help schools in Wales teach...
 
A Nottingham school is worried about the amount of misogynistic language...
 
Parents are struggling to get subsidised childcare they are entitled to...
 
Last-minute tips from experts on seeing past official data to find...
 
New guidelines aim to cut UK teenage pregnancy rates which remain...
 
Schoolchildren from Kirton Primary in Boston run their own bank with...
 
The childless couple trying to overcome their grief by trying to...
 
The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in...
 
Pete Thompson holds the record for the most crossovers with a...
 
The world famous magician performs tricks at a youth club and...
 
Government minister Jo Johnson rejects Nick Timothy’s criticism of the ex-education...
 
Official figures show a sharp rise since 2012 in the share...
 
The battery-powered devices are designed to be worn more discreetly than...
 
Like Minds: The little yellow car that’s tackling depression. …...
 
A think tank says cities such as Sheffield and Nottingham gain...
 
‘Misleading evidence’ creating moral panic on free speech, claim universities …...
 
University leaders have produced a fair-pay code, after claims of fat-cat...
 
A UK project inspiring disadvantaged youngsters to apply to university is...
 
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The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, voiced concern about the spread...
 
When Naimish Gohil created his homework sharing app, he says he...
 
Dropping out of university felt like the end of the world,...
 
Meet Logan Hannah, the 16-year-old girl who has made F4 motor...
 
Is Liberia’s controversial school experiment raising standards? …...
 
An outdoors expedition meant camping on a prison football pitch, but...
 
Worried about the impact of screens on your child’s eyesight? Get...
 
Could professionals swapping their career for the classroom answer the UK’s...
 
Almost one in 10 young people rely on goodwill for a...
 
Parents and young people are asked their views on new sex...
 
After 16 years experience of DJing at some of the best...
 
People would rather talk to their colleagues about sex and money...
 
With tuition fees under scrutiny, researchers say Labour is strengthening its...
 
How do families with autistic children make it through the festive...
 
There are no snow days at the Dandelion nursery in Marsham,...
 
They came from “a mixture of Islamic extremists and the hard...
 
Parents of disabled children raise safety fears over potential cuts to...
 
The Women and Equalities Committee said new guidance was a “belated...
 
James Parker, 16, was told he could not return to City...
 
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A researcher finds dozens of UK schools’ smart heating systems are...
 
Theresa May confirms UK participation in student exchange will continue for...
 
Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping...
 
University leaders have agreed to a new code on senior pay,...
 
The education secretary promises £23m to help clever children in poor...
 
Figures show the gap between poor and wealthy students going to...
 
High Storrs School wants to raise £100,000 to subsidise Latin and...
 
Amanda Spielman says disadvantaged pupils should not become an excuse for...
 
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The next international Pisa tests are going to compare how well...
 
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There are concerns the Pig family’s inappropriate doctor calls encourage people...
 
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Skin betting websites let players gamble with virtual items from online...
 
Thousands of schools closed on Monday – but how tough a...
 
Hundreds of schools have closed across England and Wales because of...
 
Opening up about male infertility. …...
 
Justin Welby calls on the government to have an inclusive approach...
 
Heads urged to offer more support to LGBT teachers to be...
 
University of Sussex paid the money to Prof Michael Farthing “in...
 
Young people are taking out loans to pay for fees without...
 
Universities minister says excessive university boss pay to be tackled by...
 
One in 10 pupils are persistently absent, and this school is...
 
What do you do if you’re so badly bullied you have...
 
Why is one in 10 school children classed as “persistently absent”?...
 
Why do pupils not attend school? BBC Stories has taken to...
 
The school says income from the deal will fund bursaries for...
 
The Bath Spa University pay packet for Prof Christina Slade included...
 
The prime minister is told that more than 1,000 nurseries are...
 
An intact mummy, excavated a century ago, is the first to...
 
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Schools need to take more responsibility for young carers, says charity...
 
Christmas comes early for researchers as a fragment of bone is...
 
Children now spend less time outdoors and their knowledge of nature...
 
These primary school children think they’re getting “smarter and smarter”. …...
 
Both Northern Ireland and England have reached their highest point scores...
 
Karla discovered her daughter had been preyed on after a webcam...
 
Sex offenders learn how young people communicate online and use this...
 
What happens when you invite a group of school children to...
 
The university admits Sir Christopher Snowden was a member of the...
 
Dr Peter Hutchinson admitted commenting on female students’ appearance in tutorials....
 
George Hodgson was referred to adolescent mental health services – but...
 
The government promises to bring in new mental health support teams...
 
Oxford University has turned to private investors in a record-breaking bond...
 
Southampton vice chancellor nets £424,000 after being awarded a £72,000 pay...
 
The exam watchdog is making checks after 230,000 pupils are given...
 
Research suggests school starters are being increasingly grouped by ability –...
 
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, who has announced she...
 
One mum’s story of how a tax “loophole” is stopping her...
 
The latest figures show only 80% of trainees were recruited on...
 
Lisa has put a sign outside asking neighbours not to phone...
 
How young single mothers are squeezed out of the graduate jobs...
 
A third of five-year-olds in England are being failed by their...
 
One man says the revelation split his family, while a woman...
 
Mohammad al-Mir, 13, has won three world titles for his super...
 
TV presenters David and Carrie Grant have children that each have...
 
Students say conditions have deteriorated since Whitehaven Academy was taken over...
 
On one estate they handed out cards to children asking mums...
 
The vice-chancellor of the University of Bath, facing accusations of excessive...
 
A nursery is kept open to help local families to stay...
 
Mothers say they feel too ashamed to ask for help when...
 
The school claimed pupils who wore “the correct footwear” and “dressed...
 
Former industrial towns, rural and coastal areas fare worst in “spiral...
 
The family hoping the new film Wonder will challenge preconceptions about...
 
Lorna Lynch is one of a growing number of parents home-educating...
 
Philip Pullman, and scores of other authors, urge the education secretary...
 
The new character has been created as a positive role model...
 
Motion of no-confidence was defeated by 19 votes to 16, with...
 
Catherine became pregnant after being raped, but she decided to give...
 
Grandparents tell of the joy, fun and love the children give...
 
The Budget offers more for maths A-level, but no extra for...
 
The £15.5m project has been funded by Essex County Council. …...
 
One forest nursery in London has 2,100 children on its waiting...
 
Labour’s Angela Rayner has become a grandmother at the age of...
 
It is hoped that the pouches will help ensure pupils are...
 
A degree course teaches New York property developers to think of...
 
About 60 primary school children gathered in Desborough to show their...
 
Simon Langton Grammar School said the optional course is “the antidote...
 
Students are reportedly left in tears by tough questions in maths...
 
The OECD has tested how well pupils perform in working together...
 
Fewer non-EU overseas students studying in Wales is costing the economy...
 
“Intimidating” checkouts and a lack of seating are “shutting out” the...
 
How one woman championed a way to bring community spirit back...
 
Education should receive a bigger share of the UK’s overseas aid...
 
Campaigners condemn Ofsted decision to ask girls in primary schools why...
 
One family is having to rely on using credit cards to...
 
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The findings of a major review into what financial support is...
 
Simon Reinhard mastered the Method of Loci to become a European...
 
A man who fled his abusive marriage speaks about how an...
 
As Wales marks Universal Children’s Day, a minister says smacking can...
 
Cardiff University’s vice chancellor explains why he wanted to speak out...
 
Alex, now 19, says she has a good life – but...
 
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People who work and are paid weekly may miss out in...
 
A primary school has teamed up with two local care homes...
 
Aydin Önaç, head of St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, will...
 
Around 75,000 claimants were underpaid by mistakes made in assessing the...
 
The art material is a “dangerous” microplastic which can enter the...
 
A family renting in London are threatened with eviction after complaints...
 
Bullying by friends is ‘really harmful and teachers should take it...
 
Huge numbers of young people are making a big decision about...
 
More school counsellors are needed to deal with a rise in...
 
British boxer Lawrence Okolie visits his former school as part of...
 
The school in Theresa May’s constituency says donations would help it...
 
The game sees images projected on to a table that residents...
 
More than 90% of students admitted to Oxford’s Mansfield College this...
 
Ministers announce a delay to the government’s tax-free childcare scheme. …...
 
University founder in Ghana wins major international education award. …...
 
The national campaign wants to empower children who feel odd or...
 
Sex scandals spanning Hollywood, Parliament and far beyond have exposed a...
 
Rabia’s family fled the Taliban and now she is studying at...
 
Harriet Nicol,16, from Billericay, Essex, took her life earlier this year....
 
Adopted children are far more likely to be excluded from school...
 
The first book in the Harry Potter series is translated into...
 
University of Reading had to remove a claim that it was...
 
Josh is blind and struggles to cope with the school playground...
 
More than half of England’s secondary schools did not offer the...
 
The Isle of Wight will consult parents on making summer holidays...
 
Universities launch free courses on how to spot fake news for...
 
Geoff Edwards said getting a place at the university is “the...
 
A survivor of the attack by Anders Breivik wants to tackle...
 
The Education Committee speaks to children in care as part of...
 
Research shows women rely on their parents for childcare but the...
 
Al-Hijrah Islamic faith school in Birmingham was found guilty of sex...
 
More than 370 NI principals say “children are suffering” and write...
 
Prof Eugene Terentjev told students they could harm grades by choosing...
 
Broke Britain: families are being squeezed into one-room flats in potentially...
 
Girls are half as likely as boys to be physically active...
 
The “Get a Grip” campaign tells parents to “be more organised”...
 
Police warn of a “worrying upward trend” and call for social...
 
England’s children’s commissioner says the system must help children recover from...
 
Ursula Shepherd says her teachers in the 1930s “didn’t really care”...
 
Colston’s Girls’ School says it would “obscure history” to deny the...
 
What’s it like being a Childline volunteer? …...
 
Autism assistance dog Rishi has enhanced 11-year-old Jake’s life, his family...
 
Three university students speak about how they have been treated on...
 
The school claims they are intended to combat bullying but parents...
 
The boy was seen performing a “wheelie” into the path of...
 
A stray firework lodged in Maisie’s scarf during a home fireworks...
 
Mexico needs urgent job opportunities for thousands of young returned migrants...
 
The women taking to the streets to campaign for better rights...
 
The women taking to the streets to campaign for better rights...
 
Women fleeing domestic abuse say councils are failing to provide them...
 
It’s Halloween. But how about finding an ancestor accused of being...
 
Payback time should also be extended to help avoid a future...
 
Parents struggling to cope with their violent autistic children say they...
 
The US has more citizens who are illiterate than many of...
 
Pools and sports halls across England are at risk as council...
 
A pioneering new project helps young people with life-limiting conditions to...
 
UCAS and Which? University’s tips on how to convince admissions tutors...
 
Student society warns reducing Oxbridge equality to ‘political soundbites’ can do...
 
Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, founder of Malaika school in DR Congo, wants...
 
Cambridge University students don’t want to just study books by white...
 
An increasing population and more housing developments are said to be...
 
Autistic children at a special educational needs school in London have...
 
Lucy, Sophie and Jess say they’ve all been directly affected by...
 
A scheme in Blackpool is getting more dads to read with...
 
The universities minister says the letter asking for details of Brexit...
 
Jo Johnson is quizzed on whether government official should have sent...
 
The project to boost wellbeing and activity in teenage girls is...
 
A campaigner wants all new dads to be screened for postnatal...
 
Fire chiefs say the move is vital to protect pupils –...
 
Unesco warns of the “poorest of the poorest” missing from international...
 
Rashael sat her A-levels when she was eight months pregnant and...
 
Two first year students on their first weeks at one of...
 
A Tory MP is under fire after writing to universities asking...
 
Spelling and postcode mistakes have triggered thousands of wrongly issued fines,...
 
The new picture of a mother with her baby was proposed...
 
Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis, written as a 24-year-old, was made available...
 
Most respondents to a survey said no-one should have to work...
 
How some youngsters who are taken into care can be left...
 
New figures suggest schools are using cash reserves to “plug” funding...
 
The extent to which the Home Counties professional classes dominate Oxbridge...
 
Getting a £100 fine at the dentist is distressing, particularly if...
 
The head of a grammar school where pupils were stopped from...
 
Cambridge University students are given “trigger alerts” that they might be...
 
When Evelyn and Tony adopted Ryan at the age of seven,...
 
Adults do not have to drink a lot for children to...
 
The education secretary also confirms the income level at which loans...
 
Catherine says becoming ill at university inspired a career in mental...
 
A student who faced torture and imprisonment in Syria’s civil war...
 
A watchdog finds that hackers can track, eavesdrop or even communicate...
 
Dentists warn that thousands of vulnerable people are wrongly being fined...
 
Campaigners say youngsters should be allowed to put their views to...
 
A record number of children seek help from Childline over suicidal...
 
Too many pupils are taking GCSEs early, with pressure on schools...
 
Ellen – one of the first primary school children to transition...
 
Families with disabled children describe being abused online and in the...
 
She died at her home on Friday. …...
 
In your 70s and 80s? Time to start university, say the...
 
The Court of Appeal rules separating girls from boys at Birmingham’s...
 
Students’ personal details, including health problems and bereavements, were emailed to...
 
One former apprentice says the pay is so poor that she...
 
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s children will only get one gift...
 
The British Woodworking Federation warns the lack of skilled joiners is...
 
Campaigners say some supply teachers take a second job to make...
 
Dillon was in care aged nine, now he’s training for a...
 
The number of looked-after children reaches a record high, with 90...
 
A County Antrim father posts footage of his son being hit...
 
Nathan Waring’s behaviour at two prep schools was ‘deep-seated and harmful’,...
 
How do plans to expand childcare provision in Scotland compare with...
 
A west London school gives its students free clocks to stop...