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UCU Strike Action

In the policy referendum which took place between 6th-9th February, Warwick students overwhelmingly voted in favour of supporting the upcoming UCU strikes.

Warwick SU has a proud history of student-staff solidarity, and we offer our full support to UCU members striking against the disastrous reforms to the USS pension scheme. We call upon University management to lobby Universities UK (UUK) to reverse these changes, and to show their support for staff fighting for the protection of their pensions.

This action taken by UCU is unprecedented, because these proposals represent an unprecedented attack on staff’s working conditions. Staff don’t want to be striking - they want to be teaching, researching and supporting our education - but they have been given no other choice. The strikes can and will end if UUK do the right thing and withdraw their appalling reforms.

Read more in the SU's statement on the UCU strikes.

How can I get involved?

Free University of Warwick

Students and staff are developing an alternative schedule of events that will be running throughout the strike, called the Free University of Warwick. From workshops to teach-ins, film screenings to performances, this programme of events will be bringing students and staff together to showcase a truly open, accessible and collaborative way of learning. You don’t need a degree to come and teach, just enthusiasm and a desire to share. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to studentstaffsolidarity@gmail.com with your ideas. Read the full call-out here.

Letter-writing for the UCU Strike


On Friday 23rd February, during the 2nd day of the UCU strike, we are hosting a letter-writing session for students who want to get involved in the campaign to support UCU in their fight for fair pensions! We’ll be providing templates and guidance for students to write to the Vice-Chancellor and Universities UK to register their support for the campaign, and to apply pressure on both parties to take action to reverse these damaging pensions reforms. 

Bring a laptop if you have one, as well as your creativity! Snacks and purple squares will be provided…

Students Support The Picket Lines

On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February, some students will be supporting staff on the picket lines. If you're interested in joining them, you can find out more information at the Facebook event.


How can I learn more?

Attend the SU's Q&A Event

We’re holding a Q&A event for students on Monday 19th February at 5:30pm in the SU Atrium about the upcoming strikes.

Speakers are still to be confirmed, but representatives from WAC, UCU, striking staff and management have been invited. The event will be chaired by Warwick SU's Postgraduate Officer, Emily Dunford. Students will be able to submit questions in advance, while there’ll also be time for some from the floor. For more information, see the Facebook event.

Read the UCU Strike FAQs

Find out answers to questions like 'What is the strike about?', 'When are the strikes taking place?', and 'I'm an international student - what will happen with my attendance?' with these FAQs about the UCU strike.