Welcome to Aston UCU

The UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK. If you are not already a member, Please join the UCU here because it does not cost much and is the only way to protect jobs and services.

Note: You can now join the UCU by telephone if you prefer. Call the membership team on 0333 207 0719.

USS Pensions Dispute

You can sign an open letter to the UCU that rejects the proposed settlement here.

STOP PRESS: Sign HERE our open letter to Aston's Vice and Deputy Vice Chancellors and we would welcome contributions to our hardship fund for members who have been on strike for nine days and counting.

See the UCU FAQ for information for information and advice from Head Office, which also provided the following summary:

  • Don’t tell your employer in advance that you will be taking part in the action,

  • Don’t do any work for your employer on strike days,

  • Don’t reschedule any lectures or classes that are cancelled due to strikes, and if others reschedule them don’t attend,

  • Don’t cover absent colleagues and don’t do any voluntary work.

  • Please note: If you are having trouble making ends meet because of the strikes, we have a hardship policy and application form for financial support that may help.

  • Strike days established so far, unless told otherwise:

    • Monday 5 March, Tuesday 6 March, Wednesday 7 March Thursday 8 March

    • Monday 12 March, Tuesday 13 March, Wednesday 14 March, Thursday 15 March, Friday 16 March

Keep up to date with our own local branch news or go to the national UCU website for what is happening all around the UK. But do keep coming back here because we will be posting news, information, and events on a regular basis.