Academic Boycott List

This page is aimed at university staff but is also of interest to students and alumni.

Please contact @academicboycot1 with updated information (or use the contact form below and we will be in touch).

This page acts as an archive of public actions and positions taken by universities during the 2018 USS pensions strike. A number of universities engaged in punitive behaviour during and between strike days. The list is further below, following the information about how to boycott and show support for staff facing punitive action.

Please sign this open letter to support a (temporary) boycott of these institutions in solidarity with staff suffering punitive measures.

UCU members were asked to ‘work to contract’ between and after the strike days. Staff are deducted full pay for any day on which they strike. However, some institutions are claiming that failure to reschedule work missed during strike days (e.g. putting on lectures they were not paid to teach) will be considered partial performance, meaning they have pay deducted twice for the same work. This is legal. But it rejects a long-standing convention of collegial relations in British higher education. Most universities have never imposed it before.

You can sign the open letter to contest this.

Not all universities are making such deductions (unless clear breaches of contract are established in staff behaviour). This seems a fairer approach and we understand that employers require us to fulfil our contracts for days that we work, but we contest the double-docking of pay. There is also a set of legal precedents suggesting such deductions will not be possible, indicating that universities taking this stance are using them only as a threat to break strike action.

You can voluntarily boycott institutions, for example you could take the following actions:

As an alumnus:

  • Revoke your regular donation or decline to donate to alumni funds as a graduate of these institutions, & tell their alumni organisation on Twitter (contact details below) that you are doing so;
  • Encourage other alumni you know to do the same.

As a member of university teaching staff at other institutions:

  • Withdraw from or refuse to be an external examiner on a teaching programme, and write to the university’s senior leadership to say why you are withdrawing. [[UCU has now instructed members to resign from all external examiner positions at institutions involved in the dispute. Many have now resigned. You can see a full list of institutions here.]]
  • Withdraw from or decline invitations to speak at these institutions, and write to the university’s senior leadership to say why;
  • Choose not to apply to positions at these universities.
  • Choose not to attend events scheduled by these institutions (links to their events pages can be found below).

As a potential student:

  • If you have an offer from these institutions write to admissions teams or to the university’s senior leadership to say you will consider not taking up an offer if they continue with their current stance on ASOS.

As a current student:

Remember if you’re not a member of UCU you can still join and begin strike action at any time. Anyone can also donate to the strike fund here (e.g. by redirecting alumni donations), which supports staff at these universities who receive additional penalties for ASOS.

Boycott List

Aberdeen University

Said that it will deduct pay at 100% for staff participation in action short of a strike (confirmed in an email to staff on 9th March), which includes not rescheduling classes.

Contact them @AberdeenUni, or their VC Ian Diamond, ian.diamond@abdn.ac.uk to let them know what you think of this.

Here’s a list of events at Aberdeen that you can boycott: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/

You can write to them here to withdraw your alumni donations or indicate you will not consider making donations until they change their policy on action short of a strike: alumni@abdn.ac.uk

Bradford University

Said it considers the rescheduling of lectures and covering absent colleagues to be a legal request on staff and that failing to do so will be considered partial performance, warranting deductions of a full day of salary (see here).

Contact them @UniofBradford or contact their VC Professor Brian Cantor (via Helen Hague, h.l.hague@bradford.ac.uk, Senior Executive Support Manager) to tell them what you think of this.

Here’s a list of events at Bradford that you can boycott: https://www.bradford.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/

You can write to them here to withdraw your alumni donations or indicate you will not consider making donations until they change their policy on action short of a strike: alumni@bradford.ac.uk

Bristol University

Initially said it will deduct 25% of pay from anyone undertaking action short of a strike (see here.Most recently they suggest action short of a strike will not be penalised in itself, but are, at the point of writing, still requiring staff to reschedule classes and thus consider ASOS to be partial performance.

Contact them @BristolUni or their VC Professor Hugh Brady, vc-epa@bristol.ac.uk to tell them what you think of this.

Here’s a list of events at Bristol that you can boycott: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/events/

You can write to them here to withdraw your alumni donations or indicate you will not consider making donations until they change their policy on action short of a strike: alumni@bristol.ac.uk

Brunel University

Said it will deduct 25% per day for action short of a strike where staff refuse to teach classes that are rescheduled (staff intraweb).

Contact them @Bruneluni ‏or their VC julia.buckingham@brunel.ac.uk to let them know what you think about this.

Here’s a list of events at Brunel that you can boycott https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/upcoming

You can write to them here to withdraw your alumni donations or indicate you will not consider making donations until they change their policy on action short of a strike: alumni@brunel.ac.uk

 

University of Leeds

Said it considers the rescheduling of lectures to be a legal request on staff and that failing to do so will be considered partial performance, warranting deductions of salary. See here. Contact them @UniversityLeeds to tell them what you think of this.

Here’s a list of events at Leeds you can boycott: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/events/?page=1

You can write to them here to withdraw your alumni donations or indicate you will not consider making donations until they change their policy on action short of a strike: campaign@leeds.ac.uk

Liverpool University

Said it considers the rescheduling of lectures and covering absent colleagues to be a legal request on staff and that failing to do so will be considered partial performance, warranting deductions of salary. See here. Contact them @LivUni to tell them what you think about this.

Here’s a list of events that you can boycott at Liverpool: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/events/index.php

You can write to them here to withdraw your alumni donations or indicate you will not consider making donations until they change their policy on action short of a strike: giving@liverpool.ac.uk

Salford University

Said that it considers covering for absent colleagues and rescheduling classes and lectures a contractual requirement, warranting deductions of 100% of pay per day until such time as they are rescheduled. See here. Contact them @SalfordUni or their VC Helen Marshall vice-chancellor@salford.ac.uk, to tell them what you think about this.

Here’s a list of events you can boycott at Salford: https://www.salford.ac.uk/events

You can write to them here to withdraw your alumni donations or indicate you will not consider making donations until they change their policy on action short of a strike: supporters@salford.ac.uk

 

 

No Longer Under Immediate Boycott

University of Sheffield

Has since revised its position.

University of St. Andrews

Has since revised its position and apologised for the distress it has caused to staff, students and alumni.

Keele University

Has since revised its position and negotiated to spread out the deductions on staff pay for strike days across 4 months. An excellent turn around and a fair approach.

Sussex University

Has since revised its position.

University of Glasgow

Has since revised its position.

Southampton University

Has since revised its position.

Royal Holloway

Has since revised its position. But there are questions remaining about guidance they previously provided to staff threatening 100% pay deductions if they picket on their lunch breaks. We are waiting for further clarification on this latter issue, and if it becomes clear RH intends to maintain this threat it will warrant their return to the boycott list.

Heriot-Watt University

Has since revised its position.

Goldsmiths University of London

Has since revised its position.

Cardiff University

Has since revised its position.

City University

Has since revised its position.

University of Surrey

Has since revised its position.

(This list is not officially associated with UCU. Please contact @academicboycot1 on Twitter to request changes, additions or updates to the information. Or on gmail: academicboycott2018 (at gmail.com)

It was last updated on 25th March 2018 and may not be accurate at any date subsequently.)

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