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RUSU Referendum on UCU Strikes - The Results!

the referendum

We invited you to decide whether RUSU should support the UCU strike action and action short of a strike. The results of the referendum, called by Student Voice Members, are in.

The results for each question were as follows: 

Q1.Should RUSU support UCU strike action over the pension dispute? 

Turnout 557

YES 317

NO 220


Q2.Should RUSU support UCU action short of a strike over the pension dispute? 

Turnout 551

YES 333 

NO 192



Quorum for RUSU Referenda is 1000 voters.The vote did not meet quoracy and so cannot be seen to represent the opinion of the whole student body.. It does, however demonstrate, that amongst respondents, opinion is finely balanced on this issue. As a student-led organisation our stance must reflect this, and our stance is therefore neutral in lieu of a clear mandate from eligible voters. 

RUSU respects UCU’s decision to exercise their democratic right in undertaking strike action and action short of a strike. We are also extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication shown by our academic staff and empathise with the challenges they face. 

The past 20 months have been a challenging time for everyone, but especially for students, who have had to adapt in light of unprecedented changes to the way their learning is delivered in response to Covid-19. 

As a Students’ Union the interests of our students is our number one priority and we are working hard to ensure you get the support you need to access your studies and to minimise further disruption. 

We ask the University and UCU to continue their negotiations, to ensure staff get the best pension settlement possible, so that they can continue to deliver for students. 

We will continue to listen and respond to our members to ensure we are effectively highlighting the impact that the ongoing dispute is having. Please keep sharing your experiences with us at


Best wishes, 

Ben Knowles 

RUSU President