Here are all the universities that will be hit with lecturer strikes this term

Staff are striking for up to 10 days in February


Last term saw three days of lecturer strikes hit UK universities, with staff campaigning for better pay and pensions among other things. According to the University and College Union (UCU) the dispute remains unresolved.

University staff are set to go on strike this academic term at 68 universities, for up to 10 days in February.

To resolve the dispute, UCU is calling on employers to scrap the 35 per cent cut to staff pensions and to give all staff a £2.5k pay rise to combat “unmanageable workloads, pay inequality and insecure contracts across the sector”.

The exact days lecturers will be striking are:

• Monday 14 to Friday 18 February – pension dispute only

• Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 February – both pensions and pay disputes

• Monday 28 February to Wednesday 2 March – pay dispute only

Further strike action may also happen – preparations are being made for a UK-wide marking and assessment boycott, UCU says.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “It is a damning indictment of the way our universities are managed that staff are being left with no option but to walk out again. For a sector that is worth tens of billions of pounds and enjoys record levels of student growth it is beyond disgraceful that in return staff get vicious pension cuts, falling pay and are pushed to breaking point under deteriorating working conditions.

“Time is quickly running out for vice chancellors to avert strike action, but it can be done. Staff need a proper pay rise, action to tackle insecure contracts, unsafe workloads and pay inequality, and for devastating pension cuts to be revoked. Any disruption that occurs will be the clearest indication yet that university bosses don’t value their staff.

“This wave of strike action is a fight for the future of higher education and staff are proud to stand alongside students in the fight for an education system that treats students and staff with respect.”

Here’s a full breakdown of the universities expected to face strike action this term:

39 will see strikes over pay and pensions

Aston University

Birkbeck, UoL

City, University of London

Courtauld Institute of Art

Durham University

Goldsmiths, UoL

Heriot-Watt University

Keele University

King’s College London

London School of Economics

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Loughborough University

Newcastle University

Open University

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen’s University Belfast

Royal Holloway, UoL


Swansea University

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

Ulster University

University of Bradford

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

University of Glasgow

University of Lancaster

University of Leicester

University of Liverpool

University of St Andrews

University of Sussex

University of York

24 institutions will see strikes over pay only

Edinburgh Napier University

Glasgow School of Art

Greenwich University

Kingston University

Liverpool Hope University

Manchester Met University

Northumbria University

Oxford Brookes University

Queen Margaret University

Roehampton University

Royal College of Art

Royal Northern College of Music

Sheffield Hallam University

The University of Manchester

The University of Northampton

The University of Salford

University College London

University for the Creative Arts

University of Brighton

University of Central Lancashire

University of Chester

University of the Arts

Westminster, University of

Writtle University College

Five will see strikes over pensions only

Imperial College London

Institute of Development Studies

Strathclyde, University of

University of Bath

University of Reading

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