UCU Industrial Action 2018

The main union for academic staff, University and College Union (UCU), is planning to take industrial action as part of a nationwide dispute over pensions. There are 61 institutions across the country where strikes are set to take place on 14 teaching days.

The expected strike dates are:

  • Week 1: Thursday, 22nd February – Friday, 23rd February (2 days)
  • Week 2:  Monday, 26th February – Wednesday, 28th February (3 days)
  • Week 3: Monday, 5th March – Thursday, 8th March (4 days)
  • Week 4: Monday, 12th March – Friday, 16th March (5 days). 

Why are these strikes taking place?

The University and College Union (UCU), is dissatisfied with the outcome of national pensions negotiations which followed a major revaluation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension last year.

What impact will the strike have on students?

It is difficult to say exactly how the strike will impact on you. Research supervision may be affected by the strike. Please contact your supervisor to get more information about the impact on your research. Teaching on taught programmes may also be affected, students should contact their programme convener if they are worried about the impact the strike will have on their programme of study. Seminars and events may be rescheduled so please check the website before attending. Students are advised to pay close attention to last minute changes to venues, dates and times on strike days. Updates on any changes will be published on the School and Institute websites.

What is the School doing to minimise disruption for students?

Institutes are contingency planning where possible. Although legally staff do not have to notify of the intention to strike in advance of a day of strike action, our experience is that staff will often do this and wherever possible your Institute will let you know of any changes in advance.

Will the library be open during industrial action?

We expect to run a full library service during the industrial action and will notify students should this intention change.


Trips Abroad

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  • Preparing your parties’ passports by making sure they are close to hand and on the photo page
  • Getting your group to remove all hats and sunglasses in advance of their identity check

At Passport Control

Following these steps can considerably cut the waiting time down for your group. For further information of border control and the use of e-passport gates, please visit: gov.uk/uk-border-control