These 37 universities have voted for strike action this term

‘These results are a clear mandate for strike action,’ says lecturers’ union boss

Lecturers, library staff and other university workers at 37 universities have voted for strike action to take place, amid an ongoing dispute over pensions.

The results of a separate vote will be released today, this time centring around a pay dispute, which could see more staff from UK universities decide to launch industrial action.

While the vote doesn’t mean strikes are inevitable, the University and Colleges Union (UCU) encouraged employers “to urgently revoke the pension cuts and return to the negotiating table to avoid strike action”.

The vote covered 68 universities, with just 37 of those institutions meeting the 50 per cent threshold required to legally hold a strike. Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University are exempt from this threshold.

The UCU will now meet with it’s members to discuss a course of action.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “These results are a clear mandate for strike action over pension cuts and should be heard loud and clear by university employers.

“Staff in universities have given their all to support students during the pandemic, but management have responded by trying to slash their guaranteed pension by 35 per cent.”

Universities UK told The BBC: “While it is disappointing to see some UCU members think industrial action over pensions is justified, the union has failed to secure a mandate for industrial action in 31 of the 68 institutions, meaning fewer branches have reached the threshold than in previous ballots.

“Union members voting ‘yes’ to strike action at eligible branches account for less than 7 per cent of the scheme’s total active membership…

“The employers’ proposals for reform are the only viable plans under current regulations that will keep the scheme affordable for members and universities and keep the defined benefit section of the scheme open.”

The National Union of Students has also come out in support of the strike.

Here’s a full breakdown of the institutions that have voted for strike action:

Institute of Development Studies

Aston University


Durham University



Heriot-Watt University

Imperial College London

Keele University

King’s College London

London School of Economics

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Loughborough University

Open University

Royal Holloway


The University of Birmingham

The University of Dundee

The University of Kent

The University of Leeds

The University of Nottingham

The University of Sheffield

The University of Stirling

University of Bath

University of Belfast

University of Bradford

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

University of Glasgow

University of Lancaster

University of Liverpool

University of Reading

University of St Andrews

University of Sussex

University of Ulster

University of York

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