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Strike ballot at 143 universities

11 January 2019

Around 70,000 UCU members in 143 UK universities* are being balloted for strike action in a row over pay and conditions. The ballot opens on Tuesday 15 January and closes on Friday 22 February.

The dispute rests on universities' failure to improve on the 2% pay offer made at pay talks last May. UCU said that offer from the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) did nothing to address the falling value of higher education pay, which has declined in real terms by 21% since 2009.

UCU wrote to vice-chancellors and principals in July asking them to intervene in the negotiations and persuade UCEA to return with an offer that better reflected the demands in the union's claim. The union said that as no offer has been made by UCEA which UCU could recommend to its members, it had no alternative but to ballot for industrial action. 

UCU had sought guarantees that universities would tackle the gender pay gap, insecure contracts and excessive workloads, as well as an offer that seriously addressed the fall in the value of their pay, which has dropped by 21% in real terms since 2009.

UCU head of policy, Matt Waddup, said: 'Staff have concerns about spiralling workloads, pay inequality and the continued casualisation of the workforce. Yet universities have failed to engage with us in these negotiations which has undermined the credibility of national bargaining and left us in a situation where we have no alternative but to ballot our members.

'Staff want these important issues to be taken seriously, and that includes the 21% loss in the value of their pay since 2009, which the recently imposed 2% pay offer does nothing to address.'

List of the 143 institutions being balloted

  1. University of Aberdeen

  2. Abertay University

  3. Aberystwyth University

  4. Anglia Ruskin University

  5. University of the Arts London

  6. Arts University Bournemouth

  7. Aston University

  8. Bangor University

  9. University of Bath

  10. Bath Spa University

  11. University of Bedfordshire

  12. Birkbeck, University of London

  13. University of Birmingham*

  14. Bishop Grosseteste University

  15. University of Bolton

  16. Bournemouth University

  17. University of Bradford

  18. University of Bristol

  19. Brunel University London

  20. Buckinghamshire New University

  21. University of Cambridge

  22. Canterbury Christ Church University

  23. Cardiff Metropolitan University

  24. Cardiff University

  25. University of Central Lancashire

  26. University of Chester

  27. University of Chichester

  28. City, University of London

  29. Coventry University

  30. University of Cumbria

  31. De Montfort University

  32. University of Derby*

  33. University of Dundee

  34. Durham University

  35. University of East Anglia

  36. University of East London

  37. Edge Hill University

  38. University of Edinburgh

  39. Edinburgh Napier University

  40. University of Essex

  41. University of Exeter

  42. Falmouth University

  43. University of Glasgow

  44. Glasgow Caledonian University

  45. Glasgow School of Art

  46. University of Gloucestershire

  47. Glynd┼Ár University

  48. Goldsmiths, University of London

  49. University of Greenwich

  50. Harper Adams University

  51. Heriot-Watt University

  52. University of Hertfordshire

  53. University of Hull

  54. Keele University*

  55. University of Kent

  56. King's College London

  57. Kingston University London

  58. Lancaster University

  59. University of Leeds

  60. Leeds Beckett University

  61. Leeds Trinity University

  62. University of Leicester

  63. University of Lincoln

  64. University of Liverpool

  65. Liverpool Hope University

  66. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

  67. Liverpool John Moores University

  68. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

  69. London Metropolitan University

  70. London School of Economics & Political Science

  71. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

  72. London South Bank University

  73. University of London (Senate)

  74. Loughborough University

  75. University of Manchester

  76. Manchester Metropolitan University

  77. Middlesex University

  78. Newcastle University

  79. Newman University

  80. University of Northampton

  81. Northumbria University

  82. Norwich University of the Arts

  83. University of Nottingham*

  84. Nottingham Trent University

  85. Open University

  86. University of Oxford

  87. Oxford Brookes University

  88. Plymouth University

  89. University of Portsmouth

  90. Queen Margaret University

  91. Queen Mary University of London

  92. Queen's University Belfast

  93. University of Reading

  94. Robert Gordon University

  95. University of Roehampton

  96. Rose Bruford College

  97. Royal Academy of Music

  98. Royal Agricultural University

  99. The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

  100. Royal College of Art

  101. Royal College of Music

  102. Royal Holloway, University of London

  103. Royal Northern College of Music

  104. Royal Veterinary College

  105. University of Salford

  106. University of Sheffield

  107. Sheffield Hallam University

  108. SOAS, University of London

  109. University of Southampton

  110. Southampton Solent University

  111. University of South Wales

  112. University of St Andrews

  113. St George's University of London

  114. St Mary's University College, Belfast

  115. St Mary's University, Twickenham

  116. Staffordshire University

  117. University of Stirling

  118. University of St Mark & St John

  119. Stranmillis University College

  120. University of Strathclyde

  121. University of Suffolk

  122. University of Sunderland

  123. University of Surrey

  124. University of Sussex

  125. Swansea University

  126. Teesside University

  127. Trinity Laban

  128. Ulster University

  129. University College Birmingham

  130. University College London

  131. University for the Creative Arts

  132. University of Wales - Registry

  133. University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  134. University of Warwick

  135. University of West London

  136. University of the West of England, Bristol

  137. University of the West of Scotland

  138. University of Westminster

  139. University of Winchester

  140. University of Wolverhampton

  141. University of Worcester

  142. University of York

  143. York St John University

Last updated: 11 January 2019