Briefing: university strike action


  • Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have approved strike action in response to the latest dispute over the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

  • Since 2018, UCU members have engaged in at least 36 strike days.

  • The total cost of the teaching time lost in strikes since 2018 is almost £178.3 million. If non-teaching staff are included in this figure, the number rises to £285.4 million. This equates to £8 million per day of strike action since 2018.

  • A further £29 million has been spent on trade union facility time by universities up to 2021.

  • In 2017, the maximum tuition fees chargeable in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were raised to £9,250 per year. Since this time, almost all English higher education institutions have increased their fees to match this limit for at least some of their courses.



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