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Nine out of ten institutions report “no to low” impact from strike action

Although there were pickets at many campuses, almost all institutions’ feedback confirms that they were able to operate throughout the day of strike action, and that students did not face significant disruption. Since less than 5% of staff* voted to support this strike, this was not unexpected.

Nine out of ten of institutions have reported “no to low” impact** from the action. The remainder talk of some disruption, for example some lectures being rescheduled and some disruption to libraries.

A UCEA spokesperson said:

“While any industrial action is always disappointing, our institutions are pleased that the trade union members who took part did so in a considerate manner and there were very few reports of intimidation or targeted disruption. Following this protest, we hope that the UCU, Unite and Unison will now reconsider the offer.”

*This was co-ordinated strike action by academic and support staff. GMB has agreed to accept the pay offer; EIS-ULA is in the process of balloting for strike action.
**Impact: 89% of the institutions’ feedback reported “no to low” (nil, minimal or low) impact, i.e. most institutions operating as normal or with minimal impact on operations and teaching, with some rescheduling.

For further information please contact: Andy Fryer, Head of Communications and Membership ( or Marc Whittaker, Communications and Events Officer ( on 020 7383 2444.

Notes to Editors

All recent UCEA media releases and comments relating to issues in the lead up to today’s strike action are available on the news index page.