University of Nottingham Campus

Lecturers at the University of Nottingham will strike for 10 days in February and March, following their strike in December 2021.

Members of the UCU (University and College Union) are taking action over cuts to pensions and deteriorating working conditions on universities campuses around the UK.

The UCU represents over 130,000 academics, lecturers and postgraduates in universities and colleges across the UK.

They say real-term pay of university staff has declined by 20% since 2008, with some women earning less than men and minority groups experiencing workplace discrimination.

UCU members say they are fighting back over falling pay, the gender and ethnic pay gap as well as unsafe workloads. #UCUstrike will take place until 2 March.

Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, (Pinterest)

The UCU’s aims include:

University and College Union
  • addressing the “scandal” of the gender, ethnic, and disability pay gap
  • ending contract casualisation and job insecurity
  • tackling the rising workloads “driving members to breaking point”
  • increasing the national pay scale by £2,500.

The USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) is the principal pension scheme for universities and higher education institutions across the UK. Changes that are currently being made could mean that staff lose up to 35% of their pension, depending on length of service.

“EmployeRs leave us no alternative.”

Agnes Flues, President of University of Nottingham UCU, said: “Yet again we are having to take action, because the employers refuse to rethink the totally unjustified cuts to our pension.

“They are leaving us with no alternative.”

Students at the University of Nottingham are being told that the campus will remain open, with the vast majority of lectures, seminars and classes continuing throughout the strike – unless notified otherwise.

Audio: Mathilde Siou, a third-year geography student at the University of Nottingham, explains the struggle she has had contacting lecturers

Georgia Hasson-Wells, a second-year politics student, said: “I have had two seminars and two lectures both cancelled due to the strikes, so I haven’t gone into university.

“They didn’t even upload lecture slides for the lectures that they cancelled and the content that we missed.”

Video: lecturers from the University of Nottingham staging a protest (pictures: NSTV)