Walkouts affected 64 universities across the United Kingdom, with lecturers and other workers protesting against potential alterations to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
Pension cuts driven by Oxbridge colleges provoked the strike by tens of thousands of university lecturers which is expected to affect more than a million students this week, according to a union and academics campaigning against the changes.
But it isn't just final year politics students who are taking action, Hermione says others are making their voices heard too: "We know that English Literature are writing a letter and the other years below us are considering writing a letter".
The University and College Union (UCU) claimed Oxford and Cambridge university colleges were "able to manipulate" proposed changes to the terms of staff pensions because they were each counted as separate employers in a survey used to set the policy.
Yesterday evening, the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, released an email sent to all staff and students declaring the University's position on the strikes. It said the total loss in retirement for current USS members reduces with the more past service they have.
Universities UK (UUK), which represents vice-chancellors, said: "We hope employees recognise that changes are necessary to put the scheme on a secure footing". After speeches encouraging students not to attend lectures or classes on strike days and to donate to the UCU strike fund to support staff in hardship, the crowd moved along Silver St to occupy the Senate House Lawn, where they had an impromptu picnic lunch.
CUSU Education Officer Martha Krish spoke to the crowd about supporting academic staff and opposing the marketisation of education.
More than 3,000 signed one petition at the University of Leicester, which asks for £300 of compensation for every student affected by the strikes.
Students also took to Twitter to show their support.
Similar action took place at Sidgwick Site on West Road, with an official picket line in front of all entrances to faculty buildings.
Speaking on the strike action, a University of Surrey spokesperson said: "The University pays 18% of salaries into the USS pension, and we are prepared to continue making payments at this level".
University of Essex Registrar Bryn Morris said: "We're working closely with our Students' Union to provide guidance to all students and to minimise the impact on them".
He added that there are scheduled discussions with the UCU on key issues with the USS. The reforms involve the replacement of the defined benefit pension scheme with a defined contribution pension scheme for incomes under £55,000, a move which the UCU believes will make university staffs' pension values riskier and less generous.
A UUK spokesman said: "UUK remains at the negotiating table, but so far UCU has refused to engage on how best to address the funding challenges facing USS". This makes strike action very disappointing.