UCU strikes have taken place across the country today, affecting both the University of Sheffield and Hallam University.

Pension cuts last year saw the average university staff member lose 35% of their guaranteed future retirement income, according to the University and College Union.

The union is calling for these cuts to be reversed, and for the use of short-term contracts to be stopped.

The UK university sector generated record income of £41.1bn last year with the 150 vice-chancellors collectively earning an estimated £45 million.

The UCU say the sector can more than afford to meet staff demands.

Dr David Hayes from the University of Sheffield’s law department told us why he is striking and why students should be supporting the strikes.