Staff at Liverpool University are set to strike for three weeks over a management threat to cut 32 posts in Health and Life Sciences.
The action, organised by the University and College Union (UCU), will run from 24 May to 11 June and follows an 84% vote for strikes in a ballot last month. It is timed to hit end-of-year exams so as to put maximum pressure on management. Campaigning has already reduced the number of posts under threat from 47.
Meanwhile, staff at Leicester University have begun action short of a strike, also over job cuts and restructuring that has targeted multiple union activists on the ideological grounds that their research is too critical of management to suit a Business School. 145 staff at Leicester were informed in January that they were at risk of compulsory redundancy, across five academic departments as well as professional services.
Leicester UCU members have also voted for strikes, but dates have yet to be announced. Academics have been asked to observe a global boycott of the institution.