Nationwide strikes start across UK universities

National strike action across higher education institutions starts again today, after members of the University and College Union (UCU) voted in favour of action relating to changes to the USS pension scheme, pay and conditions.

UCU members, who include a number of lecturers at the University of Leicester, are to strike for 14 days until 13 March, starting with two days this week, three days next week, four days the week after and five days in the final week.

Whilst the strike is likely to result in some cancelled lectures, the majority of University facilities and services will remain open as usual.

To support students during the strike period, the University has developed an online resource to provide information about why staff are in dispute with their employers and how it may affect their studies, and a web page answering common questions they may have as well as a dedicated email service to answer any further queries.

In addition, information is being made available across campus and social media signposting students to services available for them during the strike period, including details of activities they can participate in.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Edmund Burke said: “The University remains committed to working with all the relevant parties to find a suitable resolution regarding pay and pension issues. We also remain committed to minimising any disruption to normal University business during these strike days for all staff and students. I encourage everyone to adhere to the University’s core values of respect, partnership working and collegiality to ensure that the University continues as normal to deliver its excellent service to all staff and students, throughout this period.”