Latest Update: UCU Ballot

It was announced on 31 October 2019 that we are among 60 higher education institutions around the UK whose members of the national UCU (the University and College Union) voted in support of strike action and action short of a strike in relation to the national pay negotiations and USS pension. 

On 5 November UCU released the dates for the planned strike action, which are set to be on:

  • Monday 25 November – Friday 29 November (5 consecutive days)
  • Monday 2 December – Wednesday 4 December (3 consecutive days)

UCU have also advised their members to begin action short of a strike (ASOS) from Monday 25 November. If members choose to participate in taking action short of a strike it means they will come to work on their usual working days but may not carry out all of their regular duties.

We are working hard to minimise the impact this industrial action may have on our students and colleagues. We will be in regular contact with our students so they are aware of the plans we have in place to provide alternative content for any missed teaching sessions – we have also developed a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions page for our students.

In addition to this, we have also developed a detailed Frequently Asked Questions section for our colleagues too.

Other unions Unison and Unite were also balloting members, however neither of these unions reached the minimum threshold required (50%) to call their members to take strike action or action short of a strike.