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Top university staff set to strike

Changes in pensions could leave lecturers short

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have overwhelmingly voted for strikes over their pensions. Strikes have been set to go ahead at the end of February after talks on the 22nd of January couldn’t come to an agreement.

61 universities could be affected by a 14 day strike after 93% of the members who attended the talk backed action. The University of Portsmouth remains unaffected by the strikes but top universities across the UK such as Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews are expected to be.

Credit: Times Higher Education


The strikes are expected to go ahead after the talks proposed scrapping the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) which was reported to have a £17.5bn deficit last year. Staff from 68 universities are members of the USS which is supposed to guarantee security for lecturers in retirement. Staff fear that the new changes could cost them an average of £200,000 over their retirement.

It is not yet clear how disruptive the strikes that are set to start on the 22nd of February will be, but they are expected to last for 14 days.

Institutions set to be affected by strike action:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • University of Bath
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • University of Bristol
  • Brunel University London
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Dundee
  • Durham University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of Hull
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • University of Kent
  • King’s College London
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • Open University
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Reading
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • University of Salford
  • Senate House, University of London
  • University of Sheffield
  • Soas, University of London
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • UCL
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Ulster University
  • University of Wales
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York



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