Lectures at University of Nottingham resumed to normal service this week, following strikes by members of the University and College Union (UCU).

Demonstrations were held for 14 days across a four week period, and lectures were cancelled across the university as tutors, lecturers, librarians and managers went on strike.

The UCU orchestrated the strikes, as the university staff protested over a pension row.

Employers’ representative Universities UK (UUK) proposed changes to end the benefit scheme, which would see lecturers lose around £10,000 a year after retiring, compared to their benefits from the current set-up.

Timetables of 61 universities across England, Wales and Scotland were disrupted by the strikes.

The protests were initially two days in the first week, rising to a full five working days’ worth of strikes by the fourth and final week.

It was revealed last week that a deal had been reached between union leaders and the universities to settle the pension row.

However, university staff were unhappy with the agreements and further demonstrations took place, this time in the form of a Twitter movement.

#NoCapitulation was the hashtag driving the momentum in the UCU’s favour, and as the protesters received more and more support, the UUK backed down and the deal was rejected.