When is a payrise not a payrise?

When the pay rise offered is so low that it does not even keep up with the increased cost of living.
Read the full message on pay deflation from the UCU general seretary.

Ongoing Industrial Action

Please let the School know if you took strike action on 25th and 26th May.   It is important you do this even if you are not expected on campus those days e.g. on sabbatical or normally working from home etc so the true impact on the School can be gauged.   You are not obligated to notify the School that you are taking strike action until after you have taken it.  

UCU is taking industrial action to improve the pay offer from 1.1%  

We also want to address pay erosion, pay inequality and increasing casualisation.  To support this, in addition to the national strike, the Higher Education Committee (HEC) has agreed 

Finally, outside the action,  the union will also be appealing to all members to resign, giving due notice, from currently held external examiner positions and not to take up new ones until the  dispute is settled.  

Below is more information and strike material:


To get involved contact your department or division rep or the branch office on

How to join:

To join the UCU, you must join your Local Association. Please join online or contact the membership secretary or

There is also information about the benefits of membership on the national UCU website.   Joint membership is possible if you are already a member of certain other unions. Details are here.

How to get involved:

Our branch committee members, reps and case workers are all volunteers who give of their own time for the benefit of the members, and there is often more work than we can handle.  If you want to get involved, contribute to a campaign or become a branch rep get in touch with us at or come along to one of our branch meetings. 

Branch officer roles: 

Being a rep:

How to contact us:

The best way to contact us is via email at:  The UCU Branch Secretary is currently Veronique Mizgailo. 

From the 30th of November 2015 our branch administrator, Isabel, will be in our office at OLDG.16 every Monday.  She cannot offer specialist advice but will be able to direct your query, give information on how to join, and what the union does.  Do feel free to drop by and say hello. 

Whilst we will endeavour to give you advice and help, or point you in the direction where you might obtain it, our resources are limited and our main aim is to serve and represent the interests of our members.  For that reason, unless you are a member we will be unable to represent you in the event of a dispute or a problem. 

About the UCU

The University and College Union (UCU) represents more than 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK. UCU is the largest post-school union in the world: a force working for educators and education that employers and the government cannot ignore.

We negotiate salaries and conditions of employment for our members, as well as seeking to represent their views on professional matters affecting all aspects of higher education.  Negotiations take place both nationally and through Local Associations in individual institutions.



Things you ought to know

 UCU subscriptions are tax deductable

In broad terms, UCU members can get tax relief against their national subscription, excluding the political fund element. However, this eligibility may vary according to your individual circumstances, so please check with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

more details

This makes your membership even more of a bargain.


Information about the UCU at LSE

UCU/LSE procedural agreement

UCU/LSE facilities agreement


Information about the UCU nationally

National UCU web site


Pay Scales

The pay scales for academic and academic-related staff  

Other links

LSE HR alphabetical list of documents

USS web site

|Ethical investment for pension schemes

LSE UCU Information for GTAs and LSE Fellows|



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Page last updated 7 June 2016