Lectures are cancelled over strike

Striking Sunderland University lecturers who are members of the University & College Union picketing at St. Peters campus.
Striking Sunderland University lecturers who are members of the University & College Union picketing at St. Peters campus.
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STRIKING lecturers brought college lessons to a halt yesterday.

Although students were able to use learning facilities, City of Sunderland College cancelled lectures because of the number of staff joining the national one day walkout over pay, pensions, job security and tuition fees for university students.

Members of the Sunderland branch of the University and College Union (UCU) joined the protests, firstly outside the city’s teaching buildings and then at a rally in Newcastle.

Steve Storey, chairman of the Sunderland University branch of the UCU, said: “We had no negative responses from students at all when we were on the Sunderland picket lines.

“The day was all about the cuts to further and higher education, job security, the future of the country and our youth in education.”

Suzanne Duncan, vice-principal of City of Sunderland College, said: “The college put in place alternative arrangements for students to ensure minimal disruption to studies where possible.

“Our learning centres across all centres remained open for students who wished to use them.”

A spokesperson for the University of Sunderland said they did everything possible to minimise disruption for students.

Bosses at East Durham College, in Peterlee, said a small number of lecturers went on strike and students were not affected.