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UK universities to be hit by week-long strike this month

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In full: All 140 institutions where staff will walk out in fresh wave of action

Researchers and other staff at 140 higher education institutions across the UK will walk out for five days this month after the University and College Union announced it is to escalate industrial action over the pay and conditions dispute.

In England, Wales, Northern Ireland and some Scottish institutions, staff at participating universities will strike between 25 and 29 September. Some Scottish institutions will strike on different days because of local action by other unions (a full list of dates is published below).

‘No option but to strike’

Announcing the fresh strikes, UCU general secretary, Jo Grady, said: “We are left with no option but to strike during the start of term because our members refuse to stand by while pay is eroded and staff are shunted onto gig-economy contracts.”

The UCU has also confirmed it has now ended its marking and assessment boycott, which had caused widespread disruption to universities over the summer.

Raj Jethwa, chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association—which is representing employers in negotiations over pay and conditions—said he welcomed the end of the boycott, and urged UCU members with marking responsibilities to “prioritise marking for those remaining students who have still not received the necessary results to graduate in 2023-24”.

‘UCU attempting to inflict maximum damage’

But he lamented the latest round of strikes, saying it was “disappointing that, at the same time as ending the boycott, UCU is attempting to inflict maximum damage before its mandate expires, by calling strike action for late September…UCU is intentionally seeking to target the important welcome weeks which many institutions provide during this vital time for new students”.

In August, the UCU’s higher education committee confirmed that it had voted to take further strike action before the end of September if employers did not improve their national offer on pay and conditions. The union also said it would begin preparations for a fresh ballot to renew its mandate for action into the 2023-24 academic year. 

Fresh university strike dates by institution

Universities taking strike action for five consecutive days from Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September:

University of Aberdeen
Abertay University 
Aberystwyth University 
Anglia Ruskin University 
Aston University 
Arts University Bournemouth 
Bangor University 
University of Bath 
Bath Spa University 
University of Bedfordshire 
Birkbeck, University of London 
University of Birmingham
Birmingham Newman University 
Bishop Grosseteste University 
Buckinghamshire New University 
University of Bolton
Bournemouth University 
University of Bradford,
University of Bristol
Brunel University 
University of Cambridge
Canterbury Christ Church University 
University of Cardiff
Cardiff Metropolitan University 
University of Chester
University of Chichester
City, University of London 
Courtauld Institute of Art 
Coventry University 
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 
University of Cumbria
University of Derby
De Montfort University 
Durham University 
University of East London
Edge Hill University 
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Napier University 
University of Essex
University of Exeter
Falmouth University 
University of Gloucestershire
Wrexham Glyndwr University 
Goldsmiths, University of London 
University of Greenwich
Glasgow School of Art 
Harper Adams University 
Heriot-Watt University 
University of Hertfordshire
University of Huddersfield
University of Hull
Kings College London 
Keele University 
University of Kent
Kingston University 
University of Lancaster
University of Leeds
Leeds Beckett University 
Leeds Trinity University 
University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts LIPA 
Liverpool, University of 
Liverpool Hope University 
Liverpool John Moores University 
London Metropolitan University City Campus 
Loughborough University 
London South Bank University Essex 
London School of Economics 
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 
University of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan University 
Middlesex University 
Newcastle University 
University of Northampton
Northumbria University 
University of Nottingham,
Norwich University of the Arts 
Open University 
University of Oxford
Oxford Brookes University 
University of Plymouth 
Plymouth Marjon University 
University of Portsmouth
Queen Mary University of London 
Queen Margaret University 
Royal College of Art 
Royal College of Music 
Royal Holloway, University of London 
Robert Gordon University
Roehampton University 
Rose Bruford College 
Royal Academy of Music 
Royal Agricultural University 
Royal Northern College of Music 
Royal Veterinary College, University of London 
University of Salford
Senate House University of London 
University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University 
SOAS, University of London 
Solent University 
University of South Wales
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
St Georges, University of London 
St Mary’s University Twickenham 
St Mary’s University College Belfast 
University of Stirling
Stranmillis University College 
University of Suffolk
University of Sunderland
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
Swansea University 
University of Teesside
Trinity Laban 
University of the Arts London 
University College Birmingham 
University for the Creative Arts 
University College London 
University of Central Lancashire
Ulster University 
University of Wales Trinity Saint David 
University of Warwick
University of West London
University of the West of England
University of the West of Scotland
University of Westminster
University of Winchester, 
University of Wolverhampton
University of Worcester,
Writtle University College 
University of York
York St John University

UCU members at the following universities are varying their five days of strike action to coordinate with other unions:

University of Dundee: 20-22 September and 25-26 September
Glasgow Caledonian University: 18-21 September and 25 September
University of Glasgow: 18-19 September and 26-28 September
University of Strathclyde: 18-19 September and 27-29 September