UCEA statement on QUB membership

11 July 2023
UCEA statement on QUB membership 

UCEA conducts collective pay negotiations with the five sector trade unions, on behalf of some 144 HE institutions, through the New Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (New JNCHES). Higher education institutions (HEIs) voluntarily decide to participate in these collective pay negotiations. When opting into sector collective pay negotiations, HEIs agree to follow the UCEA Code for Participating Employers. 
Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) opted into collective pay negotiations for 2023-24 and was, therefore, expected to follow the UCEA Code. On 28 June a Joint Statement from Queen’s University Belfast and the University and College Union (UCU), Queen’s branch confirmed a local agreement on pay had been made outside of the collective pay arrangements. 
The UCEA Board has now had a chance to consider the representations from QUB and has concluded that this is an extremely serious matter and that the actions of QUB are incompatible with continued membership of UCEA. Accordingly, the Board has informed QUB of its decision to terminate their UCEA membership for a period of three years in the first instance.