Dundee University students occupy Tower building all night in support of striking lecturers

© Twitter/STDNTstrikedeeThe students on Tuesday morning after their overnight protest.
The students on Tuesday morning after their overnight protest.

Dundee University students stormed the Tower building and occupied it overnight in a protest against changes to their lecturers’ pensions.

Around 40 students gathered outside the building from 12pm on Monday as crunch talks between Universities UK and Dundee University’s top brass took place inside.

They held a protest and a rally around the campus, followed by the occupation of the building.

Academics have been taking industrial action since late February amid a bitter row over plans to end the defined benefit of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension.

Stella Rooney, a second year art student and member of the Students’ Representative Council, said: “We are here to lobby the university vice-chancellor and Universities UK, to reverse the stance on the pension dispute.

“We are prepared to stay in the building for as long as it takes.”

A Dundee University spokesman said it wants the pension scheme to be “sustainable” and the principal had been happy to meet the students and discuss the issues involved.

For more, see Tuesday’s Courier