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University strikes: Which universities are affected?


University strikes: Which universities are affected?

University strikes: Which universities are affected?

Staff at 68 different universities across the UK are taking part in a series of strikes.

Some universities are striking over conditions and pay, others over pensions, but the majority are taking action against both.

The University and College Union (UCU), which represents institutions and staff, is demanding a £2500 pay increase for members, action against “unmanageable workloads” and “pay injustice” with an end to zero-hour work contracts.

The dispute over pensions has been ongoing for over a decade, but has resurfaced after a valuation of a pension scheme used by academic scheme – the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), where they said that the scheme was “flawed” because it took place at the beginning of the pandemic “when global markets were crashing”.

A strike over pensions will take place from the 14th to 18th of February at 44 different institutions.

There is currently a walk-out on February 21st and 22nd at 68 institutions over pensions, pay and working conditions.

From 28th February to 2nd March, 63 institutions will be involved and the final day will see a student strike, organised by the National Union of Students.

It is unclear as to how these strikes will affect students but the Union is saying that more than a million students may be affected, however most universities have told their students to attend class as usual.

Universities striking over both pay and pensions:

  • Aston University
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Durham University
  • City, University of London
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Keele University
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Loughborough University
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Open University
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Soas, University of London
  • 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
  • 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
  • Queens University Belfast
  • University of Ulster

Universities striking over pensions only:

  • Institute of Development Studies
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Bath
  • University of Reading
  • University of Strathclyde

Universities striking over pay only:

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Greenwich University
  • Kingston University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Manchester Metropolitan 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 of the Arts London
  • University College London
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Westminster
  • Writtle University College


By Maddison Waterman

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