On 13 April, UCU members voted to accept a deal put forward by Universities UK, meaning the dispute over university staff pensions is resolved for now.
The deal involves setting up a “joint expert panel” to set the value of staff pensions. Alongside this is an assurance that some element of “defined benefit” will be maintained.
Whilst this doesn’t answer every concern, it represents a significant development since the beginning of the dispute, showing the strength of power of the campaign to #SaveStaffPensions, in which students played an instrumental role.
Stuart McMillan, SU Education Officer, has said:
"Whilst it’s disappointing that the UCU leadership put a fairly unclear deal straight to a vote, none of the concessions would have been possible without the power and vibrant campaigns that happened in Universities like Sheffield and elsewhere. There is power in a union, and that power comes from its members."
Our top priority now is to ensure that the University provides clear guidance and information to all students, so that you fully understand your position and are not disadvantaged.
Stuart (Education Officer) and Kieran (President) are also currently working to ensure that the University implements a fair and comprehensive recovery plan for students’ learning and wellbeing.
Details of the advice and support available from your Students Union are below.