Numerous articles in this issue of The Saint focus on the proposed strike action of the University College Union (UCU) over potential cuts to their pensions.
The event, named Sit in Solidarity, had gained huge support over the past couple of days from both students and lecturers alike with the peaceful protest bringing together students from all schools within the university.
Concerns have also been raised that non-EU global students, who pay much higher fees than European Union and United Kingdom students, are shouldering an unfair financial burden as a result of the strike. "We do this very reluctantly", he said.
Strikers were buoyed up by the active solidarity of student activists who have been building support for the strike alongside opposing cuts and student debt.
However, the statement also said "talks about the future of the scheme would not reopen the Joint Negotiating Committee decision made on 23 January" to press ahead with the changes. The UCU says this would leave a typical lecturer nearly £10,000 a year worse off in retirement than under the current agreement.
The UCU claims a proposed move from a "defined benefit scheme" to a stock market-tied "defined contribution scheme", would cost an average retiring lecturer £200,000.
The union says that the planned changes are based on an overly pessimistic view of the pension fund's deficit. "We should not be standing here out in the cold; we should be teaching our students in the security that we will still get our pensions that we've been working for all these years".
"The hope is that the strike action will anger students enough to force the university to take action".
"I do quite a heavy course, so learning as much information as possible is important", Asouzu continued.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: "The scale of these unprecedented strikes reflects just how destructive the proposals would be for staff pensions and their anger at university leaders to come back to the table to negotiate".
Demonstrators outside the Dundee University Tower Building today
"Anybody would be angry that their pension money is being tampered with, so I understand", she said.
"To me personally, students are bearing the consequences of this movement the most". Union action in 2006 that included a one-day walk out affected teaching and grading duties, rather than research activities.
In early March, two strikes are scheduled to last four and five days respectively.
"Our extortionate £9000 a year university education teaches us to be critical and that's exactly what we are doing - being critical of what Paul Boyle thinks is a fair deal".
There seems to be a great deal of animosity towards the University, not all of which is unfounded. "I will miss around eight seminars and probably won't get essay feedback for a long time", said one student.
At Royal Holloway, where student magazine the Orbital has reported heavily on the issue, 77% of students supported teachers on the day of the strikes, according to a poll conducted by the university's students' union.
"It is clear that their anger is directed at the right people - the management rather than the lecturers".
Industrial action got underway yesterday with University and College Union (UCU) members mounting picket lines across the United Kingdom including at Aberdeen University and the Oban based Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).
The letter said: "In the meantime, we wish to continue to discuss any credible, affordable proposal; and even at this late stage, we are confident that employers would want to consider whether such a proposal could form the basis of a way forward".
Another key concern was over the timing of the strikes, as they are taking place midway through the second term, which for some students is near to exams and coursework deadlines. At stake is their pension scheme, that their employers are planning to slash by £10,000 per year.