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Update on USS joint statement (25 May 2022)

Durham University and the Durham Branch of the UCU have issued a Joint pension statement May 2022 to mark their commitment to work collaboratively to advocate for a fair and affordable pension scheme that provides members with financial security in retirement. 

A joint letter has been sent to Universities UK (UUK) from Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University and Dr Sol Gamsu, President of Durham UCU. This identifies a number of areas where the University and DUCU have common ground and shared interests regarding USS. Read joint VC and DUCU letter.

Update for Durham staff and students from Professor Antony Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

(Published 20 May 2022)

Following a vote of Durham UCU members, the University’s offer to end industrial action was accepted on Friday 20 May 2022. This ends all industrial action under the current UCU mandate (to 7 October 2022), including the planned marking and assessment boycott and the threat of strike action. 

Durham University and the campus Trade Unions (GMB, UCU, UNISON and Unite) have worked collaboratively to agree a package of proposals based on shared and common ground.

We will now move forward on the commitments which were made in the offer. We do not underestimate the time and commitment that this will take, but they will all contribute to ensuring a better workplace for all at Durham.   

We recognise there are many other areas where we can work together and make changes and improvements to working life at Durham University. We now look forward to working collaboratively on these as we look ahead.

Update for Durham staff and students from Durham UCU Committee and Professor Antony Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

(Published 13 May 2022)

The University Executive and Durham UCU wanted to provide you with an update on potential industrial action at Durham University. The University has recently been given notice of a marking and assessment boycott by UCU, starting on 23 May. There is the possibility of further strike days, but there are not yet any confirmed dates.

The University tabled an offer to its campus trade unions on Friday 13 May 2022 to try and end the dispute and avoid a marking and assessment boycott.  Members of Durham UCU will now vote whether to accept the offer. If accepted, industrial action at Durham University under the current mandate period will end and a marking boycott will be avoided.

We will provide a further update as soon as we are able to do so.