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Pensions and Pay Dispute Information

This page contains information for students and staff relating to the dispute. Please see the links to news updates for students and staff.

The dispute between the University & College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK) centres on proposed changes to the USS pension scheme and pay, casualization, equality and workloads.

UCU members voted by a clear majority to accept a UUK proposal to establish a Joint Expert Panel (JEP) to review pension provision. This move meant that industrial action was suspended in 2019.

Watch the video below for an explanation of the outcome of the 2018 USS valuation, including the reasons why both members and employers started paying higher contributions from 1 October 2019.