Lecturers vote on more action

University lecturers are voting on whether to step up industrial action over pay to include disruption of exam marking and student admissions.

The Association of University Teachers, which represents 36,000 academic staff, yesterday agreed to hold the planned ballot while it and seven other higher education unions consider an improved pay offer from the university employers.

The unions, which represent 100,000 staff, from professors to porters, held a one-day strike over pay last November.