When do university strikes take place? February 2023 dates and units affected

A member of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) is on strike

UCU members on strike outside a London school on February 1 (Image: Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Workers in various industries have gone on strike, without sign Industrial action to slow in 2023.

Among the nurses, ambulance workers and train workers walking off the job in respective disputes over pay and terms and conditions are university staff – as the row continues over pay, the high workload work and pensions.

On February 3, the University and College Union (UCU) announced that its members had rejected a 5% pay deal from the University and College Employers’ Association (UCEA) and said there would be more walkouts over the next two months until a new offer was made.

So, when will the next university strikes take place and which institutions will be affected?

Here’s everything you need to know.

When are the university strikes in February 2023?

UCU union strike

UCU members joined teachers and workers in other industries in a major strike on February 1, with more to follow (Image: Guy Smallman/Getty Images)

There are a number of strike dates planned for February and March 2023 – with the following dates being Thursday February 9 and Friday February 10.

UCU lists the following February and March dates:

Upcoming university strike days, according to the UCU website

  • Thursday, February 9
  • February, February 10
  • Tuesday, February 14
  • Wednesday, February 15
  • Thursday, February 16
  • Tuesday, February 21
  • Wednesday, February 22
  • Thursday, February 23
  • Monday, February 27
  • Tuesday, February 28
  • Wednesday March 1st
  • Thursday, March 2
  • Thursday, March 16
  • Friday March 17th
  • Monday, March 20
  • Tuesday, March 21
  • Wednesday, March 22.

These planned strike dates follow action on Wednesday, February 1, which took place About 70,000 employees from 150 universities are leaving.

The union says the total 18 days of action will affect 2.5 million students.

Of course, if the dispute is resolved before these dates, it is possible that some warnings will be suspended or cancelled.

On 3 February, the UCU reiterated its intention to strike, saying: “The union has confirmed that strike action will continue next week and will continue into February and March unless there is a much improved pay offer together with commitments to the workload and the cut’.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady added: “My message is very simple: our members have seen your calls for poverty as you sit on more than £40 billion in reserves […] Get serious and make a proper offer – or get out of the way.”

For its part, UCEA made a “full and final” pay offer on January 26, calling it “fair in the circumstances” and noting the “challenging economic climate” and “financial constraints facing the industry”.

The union also wrote online that low-paid staff would receive an 8% pay rise, adding: “The offer prioritizes the disproportionate impact of high inflation falling on low-paid staff, but is still at least 5% for all other staff .’

Which universities are affected by strikes?

According to the full list on the UCU website, the following institutions are affected by the upcoming strikes.

They are:

The full list of universities affected by the strikes, according to the UCU website

  • Aberdeen, The University of
  • Abertay University
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Bath, University of
  • Bedfordshire, University of
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham, University of
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Bolton, University of
  • Bournemouth University
  • Bradford, University of
  • Brighton, University of
  • Bristol, University of
  • Brunel University
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • Cambridge, University of
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University
  • Central Lancashire, University of
  • Chester, University of
  • Chichester, University of
  • City, University of London
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Coventry University
  • Cranfield University
  • Cumbria, University of
  • De Montfort University
  • Derby, University of
  • Dundee, The University of
  • Durham University
  • East Anglia, University of
  • East London, University of
  • Edge Hill University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Edinburgh, University of
  • Essex, University of
  • Exeter, University of
  • Falmouth University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Glasgow, University of
  • Gloucestershire, University of
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Greenwich, University of
  • Harper Adams University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Hertfordshire, University of
  • Huddersfield, The University of
  • Hull, The University of
  • Imperial College London
  • Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
  • Keele University
  • Kent, The University of
  • King’s College London
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster, University of
  • Leeds University of the Arts
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Trinity University of Leeds
  • Leeds, The University of
  • Leicester, University of
  • Lincoln, University of
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Liverpool, University of
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Manchester, University of
  • Middlesex University
  • University of Newcastle
  • Newman University
  • Northampton, The University of
  • Northumbria University
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Nottingham, The University of
  • Open University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Oxford, University of
  • University of Plymouth Marjon
  • Plymouth, University of
  • Portsmouth, University of
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Reading, University of
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Roehampton
  • Rose Bruford College
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Veterinary College, University of London
  • Ruskin College Salford, The University of
  • SAMS at the University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Senate, University of London
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sheffield, University of
  • SOAS, University of London
  • Solent University
  • South Wales, University of
  • Southampton, University of
  • St Andrews, University of
  • St George’s, University of London
  • St Mary’s University College, Belfast
  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Staffordshire University
  • Stirling, The University of
  • Stranmillis University College
  • Strathclyde, University of
  • Suffolk, University of
  • Sunderland, University of
  • Surrey, University of
  • Sussex, University of
  • Swansea University
  • Teesside, University of
  • Laban Triad
  • UCA University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Ulster
  • University College Birmingham
  • University College London
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Warwick, University of
  • West London, University of
  • of the West of England, University of
  • West of Scotland, University of
  • Westminster, University of
  • Winchester, The University of
  • Wolverhampton, University of
  • Worcester, University of
  • Wrexham Glyndwr University
  • Writtle University College
  • York, University of
  • York St John University

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