Industrial action by UCU, winter 2020

The University and College Union (UCU) has planned further industrial action at the University of Bristol and many other UK universities in the continued dispute over the Universities Superannuation Scheme and the national pay award for 2019/20.

We appreciate that the dispute will cause uncertainty and anxiety for many of our students and their families. We are doing everything we can to help remedy this, and we will be posting more information on this site in the coming weeks.


We want to help you access information in as many ways possible. You can:

Student Expense Fund 

Students who experienced disruption due to the recent industrial action are eligible to claim for expenditures incurred. This includes cost of childcare, subsistence and travel. Further details, including how to make a claim can be found on our Fees and Funding news page.

Further information

We have drafted some FAQs 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 health and wellbeing webpages. We also offer a range of resources on our Study support webpage.


Strike action: what and when

How might industrial action affect my studies? 

Extenuating circumstances and your wellbeing

Other questions

Student complaints

The USS pension proposals

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

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