Industrial action by UCU, winter / spring 2018

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a pension scheme for academic and professional staff, has a significant deficit. The University and College Union (UCU), a trade union that represents many of our staff, is in dispute about proposed changes to recover the shortfall and achieve a sustainable scheme for the future. Talks are taking place nationally, on behalf of all universities, to resolve the situation.

We appreciate that the current dispute is causing uncertainty and anxiety for many of our students and their families. We want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption for our students.

Please note: we have now published a separate information and updates page for staff, and one for students' parents and carers.  

Further information

We have drafted some FAQs (see below) to help answer any queries that you might have, and we will revise these accordingly.

We still hope that ongoing national negotiations will resolve this dispute and we will continue to keep you updated on the suituation.

If you're feeling any impact on your health or wellbeing, you can find information about support on our webpages


Check this webpage for the latest information and FAQs, or speak to your personal tutor or school office. 

If you have any other questions, please call our industrial action information line: (0117) 394 0618 and leave us a message. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The USS pension proposals

You can find more information about the USS proposals and the potential impact on pensions on the UUK website.

The industrial action we are seeing across the country is regrettable. I understand the strength of feeling and the deep concerns that this action reflects, and fully support the right of our staff to make their voices heard. I am very disappointed that as a sector we have arrived at this point. This is a national dispute, and requires a national solution. I urge both the University and College Union and Universities UK to return to negotiations. I want to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their continued professionalism and for all the hard work and dedication they give to our University community.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President, 23 Feb 2018


Strike action: what and when

Tuition fees and finance

How might industrial action affect my studies? 

Extenuating circumstances and your wellbeing

Other questions

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