Lecturers from across the UK are demonstrating in London against what they call a “miserly” pay offer.
Hundreds of lecturers are expected to protest outside the headquarters of the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (Ucea).
The march comes as the Association of University Teachers and the lecturers’ union Natfhe merge to form the University and College Union.
The union has rejected Ucea’s improved pay offer of 13.1% over three years. It wants a rise of 23% over three years.
The University and College Union claims academics’ pay has fallen far short of that of other comparable professions, such as doctors, and wants a bigger share of the extra money universities will receive from top-up fees.