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.

Update, 13 April 2018: members of UCU have voted on the new USS pension proposal put forward after further negotiations with UUK. Today the results have been announced: UCU members have voted to accept the proposal. For more information please see the UCU webpages.


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. 

Frequently asked questions

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Strike action: what and when

Strike action / ASOS and withholding of pay

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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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