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Unite members working in universities across the country, including Newcastle University, are taking strike action today.
Unite national officer for education Mike McCartney said:
"Our members are taking this action with a heavy heart, but they have endured a five-year pay drought. We are calling for the employers to get around the table urgently so that our members contribution to the prestige and reputation of higher education is recognised.
"You have the curious scenario of highly-paid vice-chancellors at UK universities travelling the world extolling the merits of their universities to attract more foreign students.
– Mike McCartney, Unite national officer for education
"Yet, at the same time, our members, who underpin these highly regarded institutions of academic excellence, are treated with disdain when they ask for a decent pay rise, at a time when household bills, such as energy costs, are going through the roof.
"We hope that the strike will focus employers' minds and they realise their staff are their most important asset and reward them accordingly."
Members of the Unite union who are working in universities across the UK are taking strike action today in a row with the Government over pay and working conditions.
Lectures will be cancelled as staff form picket lines in cities around the country this morning, including Newcastle.
Unite is taking industrial action in a joint operation with the University and College Union (UCU) and Unison. The move is expected to cause the most widespread disruption at universities for years.
A cure for baldness could be a step nearer because of pioneering research at Durham University.
A team of scientists in Durham and the USA have developed a new technique which clones human cells and creates new hair follicles rather than transplanting hair.
More important than banishing baldness - it could revolutionise the treatment of burns victims who need skin grafts.
A former Durham University professor has alleged that a research project was used by America to gather intelligence on an enemy country.
Dr Reza Molavi told ITV News Tyne Tees the full story of how the university was granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring Iranians to the North East and introduce them to Americans.
The university said it was only a research project, but Dr Molavi said he worried it went 'beyond' academia.
Dan Ashby reports.
Newcastle University only just manages a place in the world's top 200 institutions, according to a list compiled by the Times Higher Education Supplement. The university slipped down to 198th in this year's global rankings, compared to 180 in 2012-13.
Durham University was the highest-ranked institution in the North East, at 80th in the world - the same position as last year.
Meanwhile, the University of York improved its position slightly, from 103rd last year to 100th.
Some of the region's schoolchildren are among the first visitors to see the Lindisfarne Gospels go on display at a new exhibition in Durham.
The manuscript, which was written by monks on Holy Island in 700 AD, is spending the next three months at Durham University's Palace Green Library . It is usually on display in London.
20, 000 tickets have been sold for the exhibition, with 100,000 expected to be sold before the end of September.
The exhibition, which also features other Anglo-Saxon artefacts, is open from 10am to 10pm every day from 1st July to 30th September.
ITV News has been speaking to the author of a report that found there has been an alarming drop in the number of students educated in state schools who attend the country's top universities.
Alan Milburn led the report and he spoke to Pam in our studio earlier today.
It is claimed that some of our region's top universities are becoming socially exclusive clubs for the rich and privileged.
A report by the Government's social mobility commission says there has been an alarming drop in the number of students educated in state schools who attend the country's top universities.
Both Durham University and Newcastle University have seen a reduction in recent years.
However, as Kenny Toal reports, they say they are doing all they can. You can watch his full report below.