New College Stamford lecturers to strike

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Higher education lecturers at New College Stamford will strike tomorrow (Tuesday) in a dispute over pay.

Staff belonging to the University and College Union at New College Stamford will join educational staff from more than 250 colleges around the country in taking national industrial action over pay.

University lecturers are also striking over pay on the same day.

No other colleges in the area are expected to be affected.

The union said the strike is in response to a 0.7 percent pay offer linked to unacceptable conditions from the Association of Colleges, the national employers’ body.

The University and College Union said lecturers’ pay has fallen in real terms by 15 per cent since 2009 as a consequence of below inflation rises and points to the gap between teachers’ and lecturers’ pay which now stands at around £2,000 per annum.

University and College Union branch secretary at Stamford, Godfrey Jennings, said: “We are outraged that a combination of government funding, employer unwillingness to negotiate and increased workloads has led to the need to take industrial action. Can it be right that a lecturer teaching the same course to the same aged students is paid less than a teacher in a school?”

The New College Stamford campus will remain open for students wishing to use the Learning Resource Centre and computer facilities.

The Bistro and Refectory will remain open as usual.

However normal lessons and examinations are being cancelled and college buses will not be running.

Students at the college received a text message on Friday advising them of disruptions to normal lessons.

New College Stamford principal Andrew Patience said: “As a result of national planned strike action by members of the UCU, normal lessons and examinations have been cancelled for the day. Functional Skills examinations scheduled will be rearranged at no cost to the student.

“We respectfully ask that students and parents do not contact the college regarding this industrial action and only to get in touch if it is a matter of importance regarding a student’s welfare.”

The foundation degree for learning practitioners will be running as planned and those students will be contacted individually regarding arrangements.

The college have made arrangements to ensure that the Skills for Work and Living students will have the opportunity to attend the Ryhall Road houses.

Parents and carers have been contacted individually about these arrangements.

For up-to-date information visit the college’s website at