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Pay at our University

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Last week we shared an outline the position on national negotiations for the USS pension scheme and the reforms which will address the genuine problems it faces. These form only part of a ballot for industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU).

This week we are sharing information about pay, another of the subjects which UCU members are being balloted on.


Like the USS pension, our University can’t make decisions on pay on its own. Instead, our pay increases are negotiated at a national level by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA). The last pay increase was in August 2021.

  • This pay increase was 1.5%-3.65% with the greatest increases for those who earn the least
  • Over half of our colleagues receive annual increments which amount to 1.5%-1.7% of their salary, in addition to the pay award

Our benefits package

Our staff and students are at the heart of everything we do. As well as salaries, we make sure everyone has good levels of annual leave, access to learning and development and to wellbeing and support services, as part of a full benefits package.

We are proud to be a Living Wage Foundation accredited employer which sets a wage floor for our lower-paid manual staff. We have also been working hard to improve conditions of employment such as contracts, workload and our gender and ethnicity pay gaps.

In conclusion

Our University is working hard to deliver both the best benefits for our staff and also ensure our financial sustainability.

Our belief is that to propose industrial action after the serious disruption of the last 18 months, just as we are getting to some form of ‘normal’ as the pandemic strictures are easing, is deeply regrettable. In the event of industrial action we will do everything to protect the student experience.

Further information

  • We hold regular open meetings with staff which you are welcome to watch live or watch back.
  • We are in regular contact with our campus trade unions and we continue to talk to them about the issues they have highlighted, and we have already taken action to address them. You can find minutes of many of our meetings with the trade unions on StaffNet. Where issues occur we will tackle them collaboratively and we will be transparent about the actions that we take.
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