Our Work


UCEA is the voice of HE employers on pay and reward. We strive to get the best deal for staff, students and the sector by leading collective negotiations on behalf of some 144 HE institutions (of our 172 members), through the New Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES). UCEA also represents HE employers in the Teachers' Pension Scheme and the Local Government Pension Scheme and we work closely with Universities UK on the Universities Superannuation Scheme. 

UCEA is the voice of HE on workforce policy and legislation. We advocate for HE employers and use our policy expertise to engage with and influence government at a UK and devolved level. We build relationships and foster constructive dialogue on the workforce challenges facing the sector. UCEA research and analysis assists members to understand key workforce trends, including recruitment and retention, sickness absence, pay benchmarking and wider economic comparators, as well as the complexity of the intersection of the ethnicity and gender pay gaps. Our events programme provides important opportunities for knowledge sharing and thought leadership across the sector and our communications team provides individual support to employers and as well as a collective voice on behalf of the sector.     

UCEA is the voice on employment practice in HE, supporting institutions through timely, high quality information, advice, guidance, training and development. We share good practice and support to our members on a range of employment policy matters, from immigration to health and wellbeing. We also provide information on pensions tax and alternative remuneration, the statutory pensions frameworks for employers and support members running their own Self-Administered Trusts or participating in SAUL.