Union members working in higher education will go on strike today in a row over pay with the government as they have rejected a 1% pay rise offer.
The say the increase would be the fifth consecutive rise which would still put their salaries below the cost of living. UNISON say librarians, cleaners, security and IT staff as well as clerical, student support and career advisers will walk out.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills say it is 'disappointed that the unions have decided in favour of industrial action. Students have the right to expect that their learning will not be disrupted by such action.'
Universities across the Midlands are teaming up to provide hundreds of new postgraduate opportunities, thanks to a £14.6million grant.
Led by the University of Nottingham, six of the region's universities have joined forces to make the area a "centre of excellence" for arts and humanities.
Nottingham Trent University, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, the University of Leicester and De Montfort University are also involved in the new consortium.
They will work closely with a number of other organisations, such as the British Museum in London, to offer exciting placement opportunities for postgraduate students as well as offering supervision and training from next year.
With students returning to Loughborough University this week, police and partners have welcomed students back today in readiness for freshers week, and will be giving out advice on how to avoid being a victim of crime.