On Monday 22 January, University and College Union (UCU), which is the largest University Staff Union in the UK, voted in favour of strike action to protest against proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension scheme, which the majority of University staff are enrolled in.
Staff at the University of Edinburgh will participate in 14 days of escalating strikes over four week period as outlined below*:
- Week one – Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February (three days)
- Week two – Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March (four days)
- Week three – Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March (five days)
- Week four – Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March (two days)
Staff are also keen to draw attention to other, non-pension related issues, for example the 30min max paid marking time per essay allowance.
Bobi Archer, Vice President Education said “The Students’ Association will be supporting those who are involved in the UCU Strike which will take place this semester. A University would not exist without staff and it’s important that we stand in solidarity with them at this crucial time, both for those on strike and the student body. We have been working to ensure that the strike will have a minimal effect on students’ academic experience, including negotiating the postponement of deadlines. We feel that the long-term benefits of improving conditions for staff to enable good learning and teaching quality will be worth the action.”
We’ll be publishing updates on the strike on our website and social channels as we have them, and will be working to support students who may be affected by strike action and have created this FAQ page.
The University will be publishing FAQs for affected students in due course and have some information available on this webpage.
If you would like more information on the UCU strike action, please visit their website here.
*Note that these dates will be different at other Universities (strikes begin on Thu 22 February and finish on Fri 16 March elsewhere) as Edinburgh is allowing for the Festival of Creative Learning w/c 16 Feb).