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Manchester University is one of five institutions to be hit by walkouts Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

Five universities across the region will be hit by strike action today.

Members of the University and College Union are striking at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster, University of Manchester and the University of Salford.

It is the first of fourteen planned walk outs in the next four weeks as part of a nationwide dispute over pensions.

Liam Gallagher pays tribute to Manchester Arena bombing victims

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Liam Gallagher has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing at the Brit Awards after Ariana Grande was forced to pull out due to illness.

The American pop star was due to take to the stage to remember the victims of the attack that took place at her concert in May last year, but was not well enough to travel to the UK.

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Gary Barlow introduced Liam Gallagher, who performed Oasis track Live Forever, and said the victims "will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds and in our memories".

The Take That star said: "May 22 2017 will always be remembered for the saddest of reasons. That night 14,000 people were having a wonderful time watching Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena.

Liam Gallagher on stage at the Brit Awards 2018 Credit: Press Association

These innocent, beautiful music-loving people were blissfully unaware that in just a few moments their lives would change forever.

"A horrific terrorist attack took place, stealing the lives, dreams and futures of 22 people while injuring and maiming hundreds of others.

"Lives changed irreparably forever. A few weeks later Ariana returned to the city to host the One Love Manchester concert, helping the families of the victims and survivors of the tragedy.

"It was an event that epitomised the human spirit, an event that showed hate will never win, and fear will never divide us.

"In a tribute to the people we so sadly lost that day but who will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds and in our memories, please welcome on stage, Liam Gallagher."

– Gary Barlow
Ariana Grande Credit: Press Association

On Wednesday afternoon, the chief executive of the Brit Awards confirmed that Grande was unable to travel to the UK on doctors orders.

Two weeks after the Manchester attack, Grande returned to the city after organising the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which enthralled and warmed the hearts of a global audience of millions.

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