Pay negotiating in higher education

Information on the negotiations over pay and grading arrangements between the UCU, as part of the joint trade union side, and the employers' side representatives, the University and College Employers' Association (UCEA).

The annual up-rating of the higher education single pay spine is the subject of national negotiations for implementation on 1 August each year. This work is carried out through the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES) - commonly referred to as 'New JNCHES' due to changes to arrangements in 2008. UCU, as the largest UK union for academic and academic-related staff, is the majority union on this sub-committee. 

The vast majority of UK higher education institutions are part of these national negotiating structures.

See also: HE national agreements and guidance

HE pay 2018

Information on the national higher education negotiations for 2018-19.

HE national negotiations 2017-18

Information on the national negotiations for 2017-18.

HE national negotiations 2016-17

Information on the national negotiations for 2016-17.

HE national negotiations 2015-16

Information on the national negotiations 2015-16.

Progress on punitive deductions

The latest on UCU's pursuit of institutions who imposed draconian pay deductions against members taking part in the 2014 industrial action.

HE national negotiations 2013-14 & 2014-15

Information on the 2013-14 pay negotiations which fed into the subsequent 2014-15 negotiating round.

HE negotiating context

A quick overview of the current pay and conditions negotiating machinery in UK higher education.