Reporter 421, 27 May 1998

Lecturers vote to accept latest national pay offer

Academic and related staff nationally have voted to accept a 2 per cent pay increase, rising to 3.8 per cent after six months. In a consultative ballot with a 46 per cent turnout, members of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) voted by 9,735 to 6,933 to accept the deal on the table.

The offer from the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) is the same for all academic and non-academic staff, and it will be mid-June before all unions have formally responded.

UNISON, representing clerical and ancillary staff, and MSF, representing technical staff, are currently consulting on the offer through local branches.

For the University, Director of Human Resources Matthew Knight says academic and academic-related staff will be paid the increase "as soon as possible after we receive confirmation and details of the new pay scales from UCEA, but it certainly won't be before June". The pay increase will be backdated to April 1.

AUT General Secretary David Triesman says members are expecting "a great deal more" next year, following the report of the Independent Review of Higher Education Pay and Conditions. The Review committee comprises 16 members including representatives of the university employers, the main trade unions in the sector, and five independent members.

Review chairman Sir Michael Bett has invited responses to questions about national versus local pay rates, differences between staff groups, and comparisons with external organisations. Responses are due by 30 June.

"The first question is to what extent can the operation of our Higher Education system be assisted by national arrangements for determining pay and conditions," he says. "What sort of local flexibility do individual employing institutions require to meet their own mix of staffing needs most effectively?"

Further information is available on the Review website at

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