University staff across Scotland are taking part in what is being dubbed the “biggest” strikes in higher education history.
A total of 8,000 staff from 17 universities are walking out with the Universities and College Union (UCU) in a three-day strike over pay, conditions and pensions.
Higher education staff with Unite and UNISON are also staging co-ordinated strikes with essential workers including technicians, janitors and cleaners set to walk out.
The strikes are being backed by the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland.
Earlier this month, Raj Jethwa, Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) chief executive, said the strikes were a “disappointment”, adding: “Any threats of industrial action will do nothing to support students, staff or the many HE institutions working hard to avoid redundancies or maintain staffing levels, having delivered the August pay uplift.”
Universities UK professor Steve West CBE, president of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of UWE Bristol said: “This may be a worrying time for them, they may feel anxious about possible disruption. But I would send this message; universities are well prepared to mitigate the impact of any industrial action on students’ learning, and we are all working hard to put in place a series of measures to ensure this.”
Here is a list of every university in Scotland where strikes are taking place:
- Aberdeen University
- Abertay University
- Dundee University
- Edinburgh Napier University
- Edinburgh University
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Glasgow School of Art
- Glasgow University
- Heriot-Watt University
- The Open University in Scotland
- Queen Margaret University
- Robert Gordon University
- Scottish Association for Marine Science at the University of the Highlands and Islands
- St Andrews University
- Stirling University
- Strathclyde University
- The University of the West of Scotland