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USS national dispute committee

We welcome comments and suggestions from members through our shared mailbox:

About the USS NDC [100kb]

National dispute committee statement on second JEP report

The union's national dispute committee has released a statement regarding the Joint Expert Panel's second report and  you can read it here. [178kb]

UUK offer to USS Joint Negotiating Committee made in bad faith

The National Dispute Committee of the UCU believes that the offer made by Universities UK to our negotiators in the USS Joint Negotiating Committee on 22 August 2019 was made in bad faith. It is a continuation of a pattern of behaviour we have become accustomed to since this dispute began in 2017. By insisting on a two-year moratorium on any industrial action, it would have left UCU in the position of being unable to defend our members' interests when the 2020 valuation comes out, and any interim valuations in response to changing economic conditions. Further, it would mean that we are unable to exercise any leverage over the report presented by the second phase of the Joint Expert Panel and its potential implementation.

We support the positions maintained by our national negotiators during an intense period of work and meetings.  We advise members to consider this proposal and the spirit in which Universities UK made it when voting in the upcoming ballot for industrial action. Vote YES to strike action and YES to action short of a strike.  That is the only way to convince Universities UK to shift position on this crucial issue.

One year on the from USS dispute

As the first anniversary of the USS dispute approaches, the NDC has issued an update for members, one year on from the USS strike [132kb], looking back at how far we have come and assessing the present situation.

Lobby your VC over USS with new materials

USS are currently consulting with our employers over the 2018 valuation process. The NDC has produced a template letter [18kb] that branch pension officers can send to their university leadership teams, and we urge you to do so urgently. The letter outlines the active steps that our university managers can do to help resolve this dispute.

Branch motion on implementing the JEP

The NDC has produced a branch motion [149kb] on implementing the JEP which it suggests that branches propose at their next general meetings. It has also prepared a branch briefing note [130kb] which suggests points on which we can lobby employers while they are deciding how to respond to the new USS technical provisions document.

Committee documents

Minutes of meeting: 7 June 2019 [82kb]

Minutes of meeting: 8 March 2019 [137kb]

Minutes of meeting: 8 February 2019 [39kb]

One year on, 15 February 2019 [132kb]

Employer lobby briefing for branches, 31 January 2019 [130kb]

Suggested branch motion on implementing the JEP, 25 January 2019 [149kb]

Minutes of meeting: 18 January 2019 [157kb]

Minutes of meeting: 17 December 2018 [51kb]

Committee update: 14 December 2018 [131kb]

Minutes of meeting: 23 November 2018 [95kb]

Chair's speech to special conference, 7 November 2018 [57kb]

Minutes of meeting: 26 October 2018 [49kb]

Report to the Superannuation Working Group, 26 October 2018 [164kb]

Minutes of meeting: 5 October 2018 [554kb]

About the USS NDC [100kb]

See also: 'USS materials' repository at


The members of the committee are:

Elected members:

  • Bruce Baker (Northern)
  • Andrew Chitty (South East)
  • Karen Evans (North West)
  • Deepa Govindarajan Driver (South)
  • Susanne Hakenbeck (Eastern and Home Counties)
  • Gholam Khiabany (London)
  • Linda Moore (Northern Ireland)
  • Rebecca Richards (West Midlands)
  • Tim Wilson (Scotland)

Specialist group committees

  • Shalini Sharma (black members' standing committee)
  • Megan Povey (women members' standing committee)
  • Ryan Prout (LGBT members' standing committee)
  • Themesa Neckles (disabled members' standing comittee)
  • Sam Morecroft (anti-casualisation committee)


Douglas Chalmers (President-elect)

Committee secretary: Paul Bridge, UCU Head of Higher Education

Last updated: 18 December 2019