Hundreds of university staff, and students, gathered to march into Sheffield’s city centre on day four of UCU strike action.

Protesters from the University of Sheffield joined with those from neighbours Sheffield Hallam to object to pension and funding cuts, workplace conditions and pay inequality.

The strikes come after members of the University and College Union went to the polls in late October and voted to take up to eight days industrial action from 25 November.

Whilst many lectures and classes are thought to be affected, UCU members will be holding “alternative events” throughout the week in what the union describes as a ‘Teach Out’.

The march concluded at Sheffield City Hall where several political figures gave speeches in support of the action, including Labour’s Paul Blomfield and Olivia Blake – candidates for Sheffield Central and Hallam – and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.

Industrial action is expected to finish on Wednesday 4 December.