Staff at the crisis-hit UEA are preparing to hold strikes over plans to cut scores of jobs after voting "overwhelmingly" in favour of industrial action.

The troubled University of East Anglia is set to cut more than 100 members of staff as it looks to save £30m this year alone.

It comes with the university looking to close a £45m black hole in its budget over the course of the next three years and current plans will see more than 30 cuts to academic staff.

But lecturers, researchers and other academics are now planning to stage further walkouts over the redundancies plan - having already taken industrial action over pay.

Members of the Universities and Colleges Union, which represents the academic staff at the UEA, have voted to move ahead with industrial action - with fine details currently being finalised.

Mark Walmsley, chairman of the UEA branch of the UCU, said: "We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the ballot, with over 80pc of members in favour of industrial action."

A spokeswoman for the UEA said: "We are aware of the vote by the UCU members for local action and continue to speak to them directly.

"Teams from the university have been briefed on the specific cost proposals for their areas, including any proposed staff reductions. We are working closely with those colleagues and teams directly impacted."

It comes after it was revealed the institution is looking to remove 113 posts, including 77 non-academic posts.

Of the 36 academic redundancies planned, 31 are set to be made in the faculty of arts and humanities, which include its acclaimed creative writing course.

It is understood the remaining five academic redundancies would be made in the faculty of medicine and health sciences, but the UEA refused to confirm this number.