University staff in Cumbria and the South of Scotland have begun a two-day strike, in a dispute over pay and conditions.
Members of the University and College Union are walking out across the UK today and tomorrow.
Universities say they're making every effort to minimise the impact on students.
The union has dismissed a pay offer of just over one percent, branding it "insulting".
We've been offered a derisory 1.1 percent pay rise, whereas nationally, university vice-chancellors have got 6.1 percent in the last year.
Over the last six years, we are now 14.5 percent worse off in real terms than we were, and it's time to address the balance.
We want the university managers to insist that the national negotiators go back to the table and make a realistic offer.
University staff based in Cumbria and the south of Scotland are striking over pay and conditions.
Members of the University and College Union will walk out today at the University of Cumbria, and the University of Glasgow's Crichton Campus in Dumfries.
They say since 2009 the value of their pay has decreased in real terms by 14.5 percent, and that male staff earn significantly more than female staff.
They also argue more than 75,000 staff are on 'casualised' contracts, and more than 21,000 on zero hours contracts.
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Members of the University and College Union are walking out on Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May.
The union has branded a pay rise offer of just over 1% as 'insulting'.
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