Statement in response to student protest (5 March 2018)

A University of Bath spokesperson said: “A group of around 10 students gathered in one of our buildings at around 13.30 to express support for staff who are taking part in industrial action called by the UCU over plans to reform the USS pension scheme. We understand this is part of a nationally co-ordinated demonstration with similar actions taking place at universities across the country. We fully respect the right of both students and staff to make their voices heard.

“The University of Bath is supportive of the meaningful negotiations taking place between Universities UK (UUK) and the University and College Union (UCU) through the industrial conciliation service ACAS. We have also met with the UCU locally.

“The Bath Students’ Union (SU), following an indicative poll of students, does not support UCU’s strike action.”

Ben Davies, President of Bath SU, commented “Students want the SU to represent their immediate interests first and foremost, which is why, due to the impact strike action of this scale could have on their education, we cannot support UCU’s strike action.”

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