Industrial action: information and updates for parents

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

Further information

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

We still hope that ongoing national negotiations will resolve this dispute and we will continue to keep you updated on the suituation.


If you are concerned about any aspect of the industrial action and its possible effects on your son or daughter's studies, please call our industrial action information line on (0117) 394 0618 and leave us a message.

Frequently asked questions

(Please note: we have a separate information page for our current students; if you have questions that are not answered below, have a look at the FAQs for students in case they're answered there.)


Strike action: what and when

The USS pension proposals

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

Tuition fees and finance

How might industrial action affect studies? 

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