UCU is organising a series of two-hour strikes in January and February, and is participating in coordinated strike action with Unison and Unite.

UCU is beginning a marking boycott with effect from Monday 28 April.


Colleagues are reminded that the work-to-contract action continues. That means working only your 37-hour week, and not undertaking any additional duties. For further information and advice, please see your branch officers.

The University of Brighton students union is supporting the action please see a statement of support from them here.

Poster for United for Education campaign in 2014
Poster for United for Education campaign in 2014

For UCU the strike on October 31st was the launch of the action followed by a second day of action on December 3rd. There have now been three successful 2 hour strikes.

UCU members have been working to contract since the 1st November.

  • Please check with a branch officer if you are unsure whether a particular activity falls within your contract.
  • Ensure you book your holidays and take them (including a decent break at the end of term).
  • Do not to take work home at evenings and weekends.
  • If your working hours are defined in your contract, log your hours and then ask your manager which work should be prioritised if you cannot do it all.
  • Please use the UCU workload calculator http://www.ucu.org.uk/workload.
  • You could add a message for colleagues to your email signature – for example ‘I am a UCU member and am working to contract as a result of a trade dispute over the 2013 pay award. Therefore replies to email messages may take longer than usual’.
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