UCU Strike Action 2023

Remaining Strike Days


Week 5: February 14th, 15th and 16th

Week 6: February 21st, 22nd, 23rd

Week 7: Feb 27th, 28th, March 1st, 2nd

Week 8: No Strikes

Week 9: March 16th, 17th

Week 10: March 20th, 21st, 22nd


Why is Oxford UCU Striking?

1. Inequality

2. Casualisation

3. Workload

4. Below Inflation Pay Rise

5. Pension Cuts

For more information on the reasons for the strikes, please take a look at this document the UCU Oxford Postgraduate Working Group.


The Student Union

The SU does not want students to miss out on teaching time, but that does not contradict our belief that the issues which have caused many staff to take industrial action are serious and need to be addressed. Therefore we have been meeting with UCU to discuss how we can best support the strikes so that UCU’s demands can be met. One way in which we are doing this is by raising the issue with the Vice-Chancellor, Irene Tracey, asking her to meet the UCU’s demands and do everything in her power to get the national bodies involved in the dispute to do so, such as the Universities and Colleges Employers Association. 

We do not want to lose sight of the fact that striking is an action of last resort, and that many students will feel frustrated and concerned about missed teaching. Therefore we are also planning to survey students to gauge the amount of disruption you have experienced and pressure the university to address the concerns of teaching staff sooner rather than later.


How can students support the strikes? 

  1. Join pickets and don’t cross picket lines
  2. If you’re a postgrad researcher, join the UCU and take action: https://www.ucu.org.uk/join 
  3. JCR / MCR motions of support - check out the document for drafts!
  4. Attend a teach out event over the coming days and weeks - updates will be here.


This document provides templates and much more information on how you can best support the strikes.