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Higher education strike institutions, September 2023

6 September 2023

The elected representatives on UCU's higher education committee (HEC) called for strike action in September 2023 over the national pay and working conditions dispute.

Most strike action will take place over five consecutive days from Monday 25 September 2023 to Friday 29 September 2023, although a small number of UCU branches strike on different/additional days because of their specific local circumstances. Check the full list below. Please note that the list of institutions where strike action will take place has changed from that originally published. Strike action was called off at a number of universities and will now be targeted at the very worst employers.

Action short of a strike (ASOS) remains on and will involve the following:

  • working to contract
  • not covering for absent colleagues
  • removing uploaded materials related to, and/or not sharing materials related to, lectures or classes that will be or have been cancelled as a result of strike action
  • not rescheduling lectures or classes cancelled due to strike action
  • not undertaking any voluntary activities.

The marking and assessment boycott (MAB) that began on 20 April 2023 was withdrawn on 6 September 2023.

Important This is strike action called for the pay and working conditions dispute only; there is no strike action or action short of a strike (ASOS) called for the USS pensions dispute.

This is a live document and is being continually updated by UCU staff. If any corrections/clarifications are required, please contact the UCU campaigns team.

Strike dates run from Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September unless otherwise indicated
Birkbeck, University of London 
Bournemouth University 
Brighton, University ofCurrently undertaking indefinite strike action over local redundancies
Brunel University 
Buckinghamshire New University 
Dundee, University ofStriking on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September
Durham, University ofStriking on Tuesday 26 September
Edge Hill University 
Edinburgh, University of 
Glasgow, University ofStriking on Wednesday 27 September
Gloucestershire, University ofStriking on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September
Greenwich, University of 
Heriot-Watt University 
Keele University 
Kingston University 
Leeds, University of 
Liverpool John Moores University 
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 
Liverpool, University of 
London Metropolitan UniversityStriking on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September
Open University 
Oxford Brookes UniversityStriking on Wednesday 27 September
Oxford, University of 
Plymouth Marjon University 
Plymouth, University ofStriking on Monday 25 September
Queen Mary, University of LondonStrike days are over punitive pay deductions for those who took part in the marking and assessment boycott (MAB)
Royal Academy of Music 
Royal College of Art 
Royal College of Music 
Royal Holloway, University of London 
Salford, University of 
Sheffield, University of 
South Wales, University of 
Stranmillis University College 
Trinity LabanStriking on Thursday 28 September
Ulster University 
University for the Creative Arts 
University of the Arts London 
University of the West of EnglandStriking on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September
Westminster UniversityStriking on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September
Writtle University College 

*The strike at the University of Strathclyde has been called off after members agreed a local deal.

Last updated: 15 November 2023