Student Administration

Industrial Action 2022

Updates and information for students on industrial action at the University.

Industrial action will be taking place across UK Higher Education institutions this Semester, while action short of a strike (working to contract only) is ongoing.

While any strike action will naturally have an impact on the University’s operations, please be aware that not all staff will be taking part in the action and we will aim to keep disruption to you to a minimum.

We will continue to update this page as and when we have more information to share with you.

Reasons for the industrial action

This action is due to the University and College Union’s (UCU) dispute over changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension scheme – which many University staff are part of. An assessment of the pension scheme’s financial health has found that it is currently in a large deficit, which means that it requires significant changes to provide a valuable, affordable, and sustainable scheme. These changes were under consultation with USS members through to January 2022.

Summary of the USS pension scheme

Separately UCU also balloted for industrial action as part of what they are calling a Four Fights dispute around casualisation, inequality (equity of pay by gender/ethnicity), workload and the 2021/22 pay offer.

You can read more about the UCU position on the University and College Union website:

University and College Union

Our response

The University of Edinburgh, working alongside Universities UK (UUK) – which represents around 150 universities across the UK – is continuing to engage with UCU on the USS dispute. We hope that the sector and UCU can resolve the dispute without the need for further industrial action.

We want to minimise the impact on you as much as possible and will work to limit significant disruption to the delivery of learning and teaching, assessment, progression and student experience, whilst maintaining academic standards.

Guidance for students

Below, you will find further advice and guidance to support you during the industrial action. As preparations continue, we will add further information and will regularly update you. 

 Exams and assessment

 Graduating students

 Exchanges and placements

International students

 Postgraduate Researchers

Contact us

If you have any further questions about the industrial action, please email ucu-action-queries@ed.ac.uk.