Industrial action by UCU, winter / spring 2018

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 appreciate that the dispute has caused uncertainty and anxiety for many of our students and their families. We are doing everything we can to help remedy this, including a major programme of extra support that includes free sports sessions, exam stress management, study skills workshops and financial assistance. Find out more on the dedicated 'Supporting your studies' webpage

Please note: we have now published a separate information and updates page for staff, and one for students' parents and carers.

Further information

We have drafted some FAQs (see below) to help answer any queries that you might have, and we will revise these accordingly.

If you're feeling any impact on your health or wellbeing, you can find information about support on our webpages. See also our programme of extra resources on the 'Supporting your studies' webpage.


Check this webpage for the latest information and FAQs, or speak to your personal tutor or school office. 

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

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The USS pension proposals

You can find more information about the USS proposals and the potential impact on pensions on the UUK website.


Strike action: what and when

Tuition fees and finance

How might industrial action affect my studies? 

Extenuating circumstances and your wellbeing

Other questions

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