STUDENTS at Oxford's Ruskin College stood shoulder-to-shoulder with their lecturers yesterday in ongoing protests about pension reforms.

Staff and students picketed the institution's main entrance in Dunstan Road, Headington, yesterday morning for a second day this week.

In a difference to many other colleges and universities, lecturers and students at Ruskin have been carrying on the educational process, but in informal gatherings led by students.

Oxford University, meanwhile, indicated yesterday that it could U-turn entirely on the controversial proposed changes.

In a letter to staff, vice chancellor Louise Richardson said that 'in light of the depth of feeling of so many colleagues we will convene a special meeting of council today at noon and will be recommending that council reverse its response to the Universities UK survey in line with congregation’s resolution'.