Industrial action: information and updates for staff

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.

On 13 April 2018, UCU members voted to accept the new USS pension proposal put forward after further negotiations with UUK (see the UCU webpages for more information).

We are launching a programme of extra activities and services, such as free sports sessions and exam stress management, to support students' academic success and wellbeing. These are drawn from students' own suggestions and funded by the staff salaries withheld during the recent industrial action. Please encourage students to visit the dedicated ‘Supporting your studies’ webpage to find out more.


If you need to report your industrial action activity or have an HR query, please email   

If you have an education query, please email the Academic Registry at 

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

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Strike action forms

If you took part in industrial action during February or March, please complete and return the appropriate strike action forms:

Strike Notification 22-23 February (Office document, 28kB)

Strike Notification 26-28 February (Office document, 28kB) 

Strike Notification 5-8 March (Office document, 28kB)

Strike Notification 12-16 March (Office document, 28kB)

Alternatively you can email confirming your strike dates. 

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