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Staff strike over Open University closures

Staff working in Cambridge for the Open University, which is based in Milton Keynes are going on strike today in protest at plans to close offices.

The support centre on Hills Road is one of seven earmarked for closure, with others in Bristol, Birmingham, Gateshead, Leeds, London and Oxford also set to go.

The Open University wants to consolidate its support centres at three locations - Milton Keynes, Manchester and Nottingham - saying this will be better for students.

The University and College Union say it could result in the loss of more than 500 jobs. It follows a national strike on the 25th of November, which saw staff in all thirteen centres take action.