Friday briefing: Over 70,000 university staff are going on strike – how did we get here?

Friday briefing: Over 70,000 university staff are going on strike – how did we get here?

Good morning. University education has come a long way from the stereotype of drunken students and aloof, coddled lecturers. These days, students are tee-total eager beavers, desperate to justify their on average £45,000 debt, while their lecturers are more likely to be using food banks than supping on vintage port. It is this hardship that has led university staff to become the latest group of workers to have begun industrial action in the UK. 70,000 lecturers, librarians and researchers across …