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University pickets greet prospective student in Winchester

Union pickets greet prospective students at University of Winchester Credit: Christine Alsford, ITV News

Staff at the University of Winchester are leading a wave of nationwide strikes over pay.

It coincides with an open day for potential students and their parents.

The dispute has arisen following a pay offer of 1.1% from the universities' employers, UCEA.

Members of the University and College Union said universities could afford to pay more and the latest offer did little to address the real terms pay cut of 14.5% that it says its members have seen since 2009.

They point to a vice-chancellor increase in pay of 6.1% .

Universities need to recognise that staff will no longer accept their pay being held down while a few at the top enjoy the rewards of increased money for universities. Nobody wants to take industrial action, but clearly enough is enough.

– Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary

Hard at work at 3am - the students feeling the pressure in the 24 hour university library

In response to demand from students many university libraries are now open 24 hours a day - and especially during the exam season. So does it allow more flexible working or just pile on the pressure? Christine Alsford went to the University of Southampton's Hartley Library to find out exactly what goes on as hundreds of hardworking students opt to cram through the night.

Ballot for strike action at Sussex college

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at South Downs College are being balloted for strike action in a row over new contracts. The ballot opens today (Thursday) and closes on Monday 13 June.

The union claims proposed cuts to pay and conditions would threaten the college’s reputation.

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Nursery set to close leaving 50 children without childcare

The YMCA nursery in Lewes Credit: ITV Meridian

The parents of 50 children will be forced to find alternative childcare after a nursery in Sussex announced its sudden closure.

YMCA Downslink group has announced it will close its nursery on Westgate Street and sell the buildings. The group says it is "facing a difficult financial and operating environment due to the strain of public funding".

Parents say they are angry that the decision has been made at such short notice, leaving them without adequate childcare cover.

48 hour walkout by university lecturers

Members of the University and College Union are staging a 48 hour walkout at universities across the region. They're protesting over a 1.1 per cent pay offer, and objecting to workers being employed on zero hour or casual contracts. Here's Simon Boxley, Branch Secretary at the University of Winchester on the picket line this morning.

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