Southampton UCU Rotating Header Image

Please sign our Open Letter to the President and Vice-Chancellor

NB: We closed the letter to new signatories at 1645, due to the announcement on SUSSED that confirmed that the VC would not be withholding pay from staff for ASOS. We’d like to thank everyone who signed the letter, and we are grateful to the VC for listening to our concerns.


We have compiled an open letter to the President and Vice-Chancellor, Sir Christopher Snowden, urging him to support his staff in their fight to retain their pensions, and expressing our grave concern at the aggressive position taken against striking staff, in messages sent on 1 March 2018.

We would like to present this letter to the VC at the end of this third week of strikes, on 9 March 2018, but we will continue to collect signatures until the dispute is called off.

Please show us your support by signing the letter – anyone can sign, not just UCU or university members.   The text is reproduced below. To add your name, click on this link and fill in the form at the bottom of the letter: signatories will be added to this blog periodically, last update each day at 1730.

(Please do not leave a comment here to ask us to add your name: we really want your signatures, but we are really stretched for administrative capacity, especially during the strike. Please click on this link and add it via the form instead.)

A huge thank you from Southampton UCU Executive Committee.


Dear Sir Christopher

We are writing to you about the ongoing strike action, related to the sweeping reforms to pension arrangements proposed by Universities UK.

The proposal for radical change, which downgrades the USS pension scheme from primarily defined benefit to completely defined contribution, is a contentious and divisive issue amongst universities themselves. We think that Southampton should be demonstrating strong leadership to counter this ill-conceived proposal, and avoiding a damaging and potentially prolonged industrial dispute with its staff. We know that you were among the first VCs publicly to embrace the proposal (Southampton UCU blog, 4 October 2017), but you have expressed a desire to see meaningful consultation resume.

We urge the University of Southampton to lobby hard to find a fair and decent solution, which protects the interests and financial security of staff and restores relationships of trust across the sector. Whilst we appreciate the need for collective responsibility in negotiations, we think the issue is so critical and the consequences so grave, that you should consider making a public stand, similar to that taken by the VCs of Cambridge, Warwick, Glasgow, Loughborough, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Essex, Durham, Birkbeck and Imperial College.

Some institutions have challenged the proposals, including on the grounds of justice and fair play to their staff, as well as concerns about the underlying assumptions upon which the case for reform are based. Loughborough has led the way in demonstrating compassion for its staff, ensuring that strike pay deductions are made over the remaining months in the academic year, to lessen immediate hardship for those who can least afford the loss of income. In light of this, we are particularly concerned by the unnecessarily aggressive stance taken against staff in messages sent on Thursday 1 March by a number of AUs and Faculties, which set out threats of docking pay of those taking part in Action Short of a Strike (ASOS), for failing to reschedule lectures (an instruction that is impossible for individual lecturers to fulfil), as well as restrictions on leave to attend conferences. We are dismayed that the University feels this is an appropriate position to take, and we are concerned that this demonstrates little recognition of the effort that will be needed to repair serious damage to staff-employer relations once the dispute is over.

We find it hard to think of an employment-related issue that has generated more anger, distress and strong feelings among university staff. To be sure, many senior academics stand to lose significantly in retirement, but the proposed changes will be devastating for the pension provision for younger and more junior staff, of both academic and related backgrounds, and those on lower incomes and part-time contracts, particularly female staff. The proposals – and the ongoing industrial action – will damage the sector, the financial wellbeing of its staff, its global competitiveness, and institutional relationships of trust and goodwill for decades to come.

We urge you and your senior management team to use Southampton’s influence in the sector to demonstrate active leadership in challenging the UUK and seeking to convince it to reconsider its position before the UCU industrial action escalates. Only through working together with the union, both within this university and across the higher education sector, can Southampton ensure that its staff are valued and fairly-rewarded, in particular those in weaker positions of income and contract; that students are given the best educational experience; and that its international reputation is maintained.

Yours sincerely

1055 signatories to 1645, 6 March 2018

Elizabeth Ventham Postgraduate student
H.Moore Postgraduate student
Dr B Waters Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
claude chan Academic staff
Dr Marc Rius Academic staff
Professor Manuel Barcia Member of another HE institution
Andy T Graduate of the University of Southampton
James Wilkinson Academic staff
Kate West Member of another HE institution, Other
Dr Thomas Blumensath Academic staff
Nick Clarke Academic staff
Rachel Williams Graduate of the University of Southampton
Martyn Hill Academic staff
Louis Bayman Academic staff
Tom Randell Academic staff
Lisa Mitchell Other
Martin Lodemore Academic-related staff
Michael Williams Academic staff
Sarah Ralph Graduate of the University of Southampton
Emily Carter Undergraduate student
Andy Williams Academic staff
Prof. Paolo Rapisarda Academic staff, Member of USS
Prof. Peter Gray Academic staff, Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Mateusz Polakowski Postgraduate student
Chris Clarke Graduate of the University of Southampton
Hassanah Khodabocus Undergraduate student
Lawrie cowliff Graduate of the University of Southampton
Darren White Graduate of the University of Southampton
Dr Mark Light Academic staff
James Harrison Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student
Lipi Begum Academic staff
Anonymous Professional services staff
Joanna Prylinska Undergraduate student
Matt Parris Professional services staff
Joanne Turnbull Academic staff
Gemma Van Graduate of the University of Southampton
Larissa Other
Niclas Wiegleb Postgraduate student
Matthew Plant Graduate of the University of Southampton, Professional services staff
Bronagh Walsh Academic staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Hannah Willson Other
Paul Hurley Academic staff
Joe Fear Postgraduate student
Amelia Seely Graduate of the University of Southampton
ross williams Professional services staff
Evelyn Undergraduate student
Samuel Lickiss Graduate of the University of Southampton
Professor David Woods Academic staff
Alexandra Postgraduate student
Anonymous Professional services staff
Lewis Brennen Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student
Phillip Fenberg Academic staff
Kathleen Arundell Other
Kt Professional services staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Dr Christopher Torrens Academic staff
Emma Barnes Undergraduate student
Anonymous Academic staff
Anna Kent-Muller Postgraduate student, Professional services staff
Dr Fiona Woollard Academic staff
James D Graduate of the University of Southampton
Catherine Rendle Other
Dr Austin Glatthorn Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution
Gefion Thuermer Postgraduate student
Alistair Chaplin Graduate of the University of Southampton
Mathea Loen Undergraduate student
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Tanya Beattie Postgraduate student
Joseph Whiting Graduate of the University of Southampton
Katie Heap Postgraduate student
Fraser Sturt Academic staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Amber Dudley Postgraduate student
Sarah Clark Other
Tom O’Dell Postgraduate student
James Brooks Kuykendall Other
Clare Hanson Academic staff
Phil Hedges Other
Becky Hall Graduate of the University of Southampton
Adam Meylan-Stevenson Undergraduate student
Sean R Mills Postgraduate student
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Daniel Rowan Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Dr Gregorio Bevilacqua Other
Carolina Jaramillo Postgraduate student
Catherine Willetts Professional services staff
P Broomfield Other
D Ballan Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic-related staff
Francesca Placanica Graduate of the University of Southampton
Eleanor Graduate of the University of Southampton
Rebekah Luff Academic staff
Edward Smith Undergraduate student
Dr J P Landman Other
Denis McManus Academic staff
Tegan Hicks Undergraduate student
Hannah Collier Professional services staff
Claire Hayes Professional services staff
Dr Phil Higham Academic staff
Dr K Roper Member of another HE institution
ROŻEK Professional services staff
Jacqui Rayment Other
Chaitanya Academic staff
Professor Steffen Staab Academic staff
Maggie Bracher Academic staff
Jaimy Undergraduate student
Jack Oughton Undergraduate student
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Philippa Hiscock Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Flora Whitmarsh Undergraduate student
Will Burton Undergraduate student
Anonymous Professional services staff
Anonymous Other
Graham Moon Academic staff
Linda Professional services staff
Jo Hope Academic staff
Rachel Muir Professional services staff
Tracey Newman Academic staff
Professor David Richards Academic staff, Member of USS
Dr Dragana Mladenovic Academic staff
Annie Luong Undergraduate student
Leanna Brinkley Postgraduate student
Prof Nick Evans Academic staff
Georgia Malin Undergraduate student
Michael Leeds Graduate of the University of Southampton
Toni Couvoussis Professional services staff
Luke Perkins Undergraduate student
Anna Ridehalgh Member of USS
Georgina Undergraduate student
Paul Riddy Academic staff
George Paul Holloway Graduate of the University of Southampton
Jonathan Dawson Academic staff
Ciara Darcy Undergraduate student
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Matt bunday Academic staff, Member of another HE institution
Olivia Martin Undergraduate student
Cem Ozdemir Postgraduate student
Evelyn Hayes Undergraduate student
Sarah Professional services staff
Abbie Undergraduate student
Emilie Craddock Undergraduate student
Johanna Henke Undergraduate student
Dr Alan Hunt Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Sam Wilding Academic staff
Sam Willstead Undergraduate student
Tim H Undergraduate student
A Brown Professional services staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Professor Tim Sluckin, Treasurer, Southampton UCU Academic staff
Ben Chambers Professional services staff
Evelyn Pina Covarrubias Postgraduate student
Sydnie O’Hara Undergraduate student
Khulod Khmag Postgraduate student
Daniel O’Sullivan Professional services staff
Khulod Khmag Postgraduate student
Andrew Academic staff, Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Mark Jones Professional services staff
Chloe McNamee Undergraduate student
Professor Mark Zwolinski Academic staff
Mark Nixon Academic staff
Thomas Andritsch Academic staff
Adam Branson Graduate of the University of Southampton
Ollie R Undergraduate student
Liz Fraser Other
Adelaide Hitchings Undergraduate student
Tim Murphy Undergraduate student
Mick Garner Professional services staff
Sam Undergraduate student
Michelle Holmes Postgraduate student
Verity Jones Undergraduate student
Michael Pountney Other
Oliver Love Undergraduate student
Z Shah Academic staff
Jack Bunce Undergraduate student
Vaishali Raghvani Undergraduate student
Benjamin Seifert Undergraduate student
Holly Hurman Undergraduate student
Prof. Björn Heile (alum) Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Scott Undergraduate student
Anonymous Undergraduate student
CPS Undergraduate student
Morgan Blake Undergraduate student
FA Other
Eilidh Undergraduate student
Amina Said Postgraduate student
Prof Peter Sunley Academic staff
Selina Carlhoff Undergraduate student
Professor Matthew Terry Academic staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
A C Carnero Vinces Undergraduate student
Charlotte Keighron Postgraduate student
Dr Robert Fear Academic staff
Kirsten Bishop Undergraduate student
no Undergraduate student
Nadya Markovska Graduate of the University of Southampton
Charlotte Undergraduate student
Joshua Dickman Undergraduate student
Kahlan Newman Undergraduate student
Ashok Ranchhod Academic-related staff
Marta Crisina Azaola Academic staff
Olivia Keegan Carr Undergraduate student
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Sam Dixon Undergraduate student
Jonathon St Clair-Smith Undergraduate student
Harley Undergraduate student
Samantha Field Postgraduate student
Filippo carrozzo Undergraduate student
Rebecca Louise Ferreira Postgraduate student
Abi Pelham Undergraduate student
Alex Boni – Ball Undergraduate student
Gaby Fields Undergraduate student
Kevin Madden Graduate of the University of Southampton
Olivia Krauze Undergraduate student
Remy Ambuhl Academic staff
Anonymous Postgraduate student, Academic staff
Nicole Lasschuit Postgraduate student
Alvin Su Member of another HE institution
Ola Postgraduate student
Satomi Oya Undergraduate student
Jana Ewart-Blake Undergraduate student
Karen Miller Undergraduate student
Lauren Coughlin Postgraduate student
Dr. Alison Hill Academic staff
Dr. Lekh Dahal Academic staff
Graham Undergraduate student
Bing Chu Academic staff
Dr Stefanie Biedermann Academic staff
Dr. Stuart Clarke Academic staff
Dominic Barker Graduate of the University of Southampton, Other
Patrick Lowe Undergraduate student
Rosie Livingstone Postgraduate student
Mrs. Karen Jupe Other
Joe Ellis Undergraduate student
Dr. Marta Polak Academic staff
Elena Undergraduate student
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Dr. Jane Willoughby Academic staff
Tony Au Yeung Graduate of the University of Southampton
Jake Kitson Undergraduate student
Dan Hughes Undergraduate student
Dr. Matt Carter Academic staff
Matthew Roberts Undergraduate student
Maddie Cava-Beale Undergraduate student
Nicholas Xavier Mead Postgraduate student
Tracy Gorman Professional services staff
Helen Davey Undergraduate student
Antonio Cascelli Member of another HE institution
David Baxter Academic staff
Shannon Undergraduate student
Chris Williams Postgraduate student
John McNabb Academic staff
Anisko Graduate of the University of Southampton
Latha Kadalayil Academic staff
Rachele Morse Academic staff
Cait Oxford Postgraduate student
Anonymous Member of another HE institution
Dr. Eloise Biggs Academic staff
Anonymous Member of USS
SIYU CHEN Undergraduate student
Kincső Bedő Undergraduate student
Aliki Moysiadi Postgraduate student
Sanja Barkovic Professional services staff
Heather Porter Academic-related staff
Peny Tsakanikou Postgraduate student
F. Francis Undergraduate student
Beth Undergraduate student
Ceri Dunn Academic staff
Peter Sinacola Professional services staff
Dr. Apostolopoulos Academic staff
anon Undergraduate student
Geoffrey Chew Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Joanne Postgraduate student
Niam Hamilton-Carling Undergraduate student
Dr Alex Gregory Academic staff
Joseph Graduate of the University of Southampton
Jorn Werner Academic staff
Grace Hallinan Academic staff
Chris Taylor Academic-related staff, Member of USS
Professor Julian Rushton Member of USS
Robert Horne Undergraduate student
Anonymous Other
Dr Sarah Wright Graduate of the University of Southampton
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Elena De Rosa Undergraduate student
Jonathan Klein Academic staff
Rosie Heape Undergraduate student
Rosie Heape Undergraduate student
Dr. Matthew Rose-Zerelli Academic staff
Carlos Lobo Academic staff
Lucy Wall Undergraduate student
Dr. Sarah Buchan Academic staff
Dr. Matt Blunt Academic staff
Dr. Emily Williams Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution
Samuel Dupret Undergraduate student
Denise Martin Professional services staff
Briony Heard Undergraduate student
Alexander Rehding Academic staff, Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Thomas crowe Graduate of the University of Southampton
Natasha Hargadon Undergraduate student
Dr. Kirsty Cleary Academic staff
Tracy Barnes Professional services staff
Ian Jones Postgraduate student
Edith Speller Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Dr. Claude Chan Academic staff
Sarah Hill Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Sarah Milsted Professional services staff
Dr. Sasan Mahmoodi Academic staff
Alice Hunt Academic staff
Daniel Trocmé-Latter Graduate of the University of Southampton
Janet Undergraduate student
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Charlie Bond Undergraduate student
Dr. Robert Oldham Academic staff
Alicia Allen Undergraduate student
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Dr. Jinny Kim Academic staff
James Waters Undergraduate student
Maria Undergraduate student
Professor Diana Eccles Academic staff
Oreolu Grillo Undergraduate student
Carys Hughes Academic-related staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
John Chapman Graduate of the University of Southampton
Simon Undergraduate student
Dr Geoffrey Hyett Academic staff
J. Thiara Undergraduate student
Sophie Leon Graduate of the University of Southampton
Nuala McGrath Academic staff
Christian Siefke Professional services staff
Phoebe Rose Gilmore Undergraduate student
Alison Dickens Academic-related staff
Tallis White Undergraduate student
Rory Norrington Undergraduate student
Catherine Gould Postgraduate student
Elizabeth Light Undergraduate student
Ffion S Graduate of the University of Southampton, Professional services staff
Anonymous Graduate of the University of Southampton
Nicola Leary Other
Courtney Undergraduate student
Jonathan Blaine Graduate of the University of Southampton
Professor Aymen Al-Shamkhani Academic staff
Professor Gareth Thomas Academic staff
William Davies Academic staff
EWM Undergraduate student
Professor Christian Ottensmeier Academic staff
Dr. Juliet Gray Academic staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Dr. Ali Roghanian Academic staff
Dr. Sean Lim Academic staff
Dr. Nicola Weston-Bell Academic staff
Caspar Donnison Postgraduate student
Dr. Jonathan Way Academic staff
Ken Tucker Other
H.D.B Undergraduate student
Tessa Davies Academic staff, Member of USS
T Thompson Undergraduate student
NHB Academic staff
Professor Tim Elliott Academic staff
William Knapp Undergraduate student
Harriet Wall Undergraduate student
Matthew W Harrill Graduate of the University of Southampton
Dr. Edd James Academic staff
Dr. Sonya James Academic staff
Anonymous Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student
Laura Dominguez Academic staff
Katherine Hambridge Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Naj Undergraduate student
Jonny McIntosh Member of another HE institution
Jamie Dennis Undergraduate student
Enrico Mossotto Academic staff
Katie Miller Undergraduate student
Iza Romanowska Postgraduate student
Janette Forster Professional services staff
Student Postgraduate student
Dr Barbara Eichner Member of another HE institution, Other
Shirli Gilbert Academic staff
Sophie Simpson Undergraduate student
Patrick Stevenson Academic staff
Connie B Undergraduate student
Louise Trott Other
Dr Natalie Wreyford Academic staff
Stephen Gale Professional services staff
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Anna Bourne Academic staff
Simon Boxall Academic staff, Member of USS
T Reed Professional services staff
Janice McLaughlin Member of another HE institution
SB Professional services staff
Anon Postgraduate student
Amanda Bitouche Member of USS
Jake Daykin Undergraduate student
Ryan Killion Postgraduate student
Frank McGroarty Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff, Member of USS
Dr Kevin Brazil Academic staff
Bernhard Koeck Academic staff
Dr Maria Baker Academic staff
Finn Cresswell Undergraduate student
Penny Copeland Graduate of the University of Southampton, Professional services staff, Academic-related staff
Kate Wood Professional services staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Suki Finn Academic staff
Alice Paine Undergraduate student
Dr Andrew Power Academic staff
Catriona Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of USS
Lindsey Williams Other
Suzanne Aspden Member of another HE institution
Professor Christopher Janaway Academic staff
Linda Turner Academic staff
Justin Sheffield Academic staff
Jo Dunman Academic staff
Alison Porter Academic staff
Geoffrey Gray Other
Diane Gow Academic staff
Emily Watt Undergraduate student
Anonymous Professional services staff
Matthew Wisdom Undergraduate student
Anonymous Graduate of the University of Southampton, Professional services staff
Bern Og Professional services staff
Rhi Ashford Graduate of the University of Southampton
Jack Undergraduate student
Hope Shaw Undergraduate student
Dr. Sasha Mudd Academic staff
Ian Harwood Academic staff
Joan Tumblety Academic staff
Dr Michael Stock Graduate of the University of Southampton
Bindi Shah Academic staff
Dr Brian McElwee Academic staff
Professor Mahesan Niranjan Academic staff
Dr Kanchana N Ruwanpura Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Anonymous Academic staff
Caroline R T Undergraduate student
Peter Collyer Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Anon Undergraduate student
Dr Byron Adams Academic staff
Dan Cavedon-Taylor Academic staff
Fabrizia Ratto Postgraduate student, Academic staff
Jane Prichard Academic staff
Dr Scott Soo Academic staff
Dr Susie Rebelo Hopkins Academic staff, Member of USS
Professor Kevin Donnelly Academic staff
Katie Bruce Graduate of the University of Southampton
Prof Genia Schoenbaumsfeld Academic staff
Charlie Shaw Undergraduate student
Naomi Thompson Academic staff
Adham Postgraduate student
Natalie Maw Undergraduate student
Kay Townsend Postgraduate student, Academic staff
James Chambers Undergraduate student
Abi Toha Undergraduate student
Eliza Law Postgraduate student
Jan Steele Academic staff
Dr Helen Goulding Other
M. P. Undergraduate student
Rebecca Band Academic staff, Member of USS
David Chillingworth Member of USS
Edoardo Tortora Undergraduate student
Vesna Perisic Academic staff
W Rietdijk Postgraduate student, Academic staff
Faye Williamson Undergraduate student
Eleni Stefanopoulou Postgraduate student

593 signatories to 0800, 6 March 2018

Emily Fry Undergraduate student
Emma Wright Undergraduate student
Dr Denis A Nicole Academic staff
Dario Carugo Academic staff
Prof Laurie Stras, President, Southampton UCU Academic staff
Laura Palmer Undergraduate student
Matthew Wright Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Sara Peres Academic staff
Molly Adams Undergraduate student
Anonymous PhD Student Postgraduate student
Dr Sarah Boak Graduate of the University of Southampton
Tom Blount Postgraduate student, Academic staff
Veronika Hanáková Undergraduate student, Member of the public
Nicki Clarkson Professional services staff
Lena Wahlgren-Smith Academic staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
MW Member of the public
Alex Ring Undergraduate student
Paula Sands Professional services staff
Zoe Matthews Academic staff
Dr James G Dyke Academic staff
Neil Ford Academic-related staff
Sophie Gatenby Undergraduate student
Katie Hunt Postgraduate student
Emily Bolton Undergraduate student
Dr Adam Chapman Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution
Mr Andy Richardson Academic staff
Caitlin Undergraduate student
Julie Wintrup Academic staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Felix eigenbrod Academic staff
Alastair Dawson Postgraduate student
Dr TM Gernon Academic staff
Andrew Amos Channon Academic staff
Cynthia Graham Academic staff
Rebecca Taylor Academic staff
Sarah Osmond Smith Postgraduate student
Professor John Langley Academic staff
Ellena Parsons Postgraduate student
Alexander Melhuish Academic-related staff
Guy Poppy Academic staff
Ranka Primorac Academic staff
Dr Katherine Weikert Member of another HE institution
Jana Kreppner Academic staff
Jane Catford Academic staff
Dr Ross Balzaretti Postgraduate student, Academic staff
Prof. Alex Rogers Member of another HE institution
Julian Germann Member of another HE institution
George Callender Postgraduate student
Lata N Member of another HE institution
Kathryn Rogers Postgraduate student, Professional services staff, Academic-related staff
Anna Hajkova Academic staff, Member of another HE institution
A Lee Member of the public
Professor Matthew Scott Academic staff
Prof Gavin Foster Academic staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Stephan Caspar Professional services staff
Neil Sandham Academic staff
Rose Holyoak Member of another HE institution
Dr Gareth Birdsall Member of the public
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Joel Jordan Undergraduate student
Graham Robinson Professional services staff
Karla Guedes Academic staff
Tom Packer Undergraduate student
Stephen Phillips Academic staff
Alexander Wright Undergraduate student, Graduate of the University of Southampton
Josh Asker Graduate of the University of Southampton
Nita Sanghera Undergraduate student
Katrin Deinhardt Academic staff
Jacquie Kelly Academic staff
Jeremy Jones Academic staff
Dr David Kinnison Academic-related staff
Anjelica Finnegan Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of the public
Anita Lavorgna Academic staff
Vegard Engen Academic staff
Councillor Tom Coole Graduate of the University of Southampton
Alex A Graduate of the University of Southampton
Dr Chris McLean Academic staff
Dr. A.M. Viens Academic staff
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Dr Lambros Fatsis Academic staff
Sarah Mercer Postgraduate student
Alexandra Frosch Academic-related staff
Dr Jessica Steele Academic staff
L. Sias Postgraduate student
Dr Tom Irvine Academic staff
Milosz Gaczkowski Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student, Professional services staff
Ruth Buckley-Salmon Postgraduate student
Ros Edwards Academic staff
S Artt Member of another HE institution
Dr K Armstrong Graduate of the University of Southampton
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Jane Warren Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Alison Daniell Academic staff
Garcia-Guirao Academic staff
Anna Sergi Member of another HE institution
Julie Herniman Academic-related staff
Dr. Steven Glautier Academic staff
Student Undergraduate student
Ellie Graduate of the University of Southampton, Professional services staff
Camilla Moore Postgraduate student
Dr. Vera Hoelscher Graduate of the University of Southampton
Dr Siobhan Lynch Academic staff
Catherine Demetriadi Member of the public
John Brissenden Member of another HE institution
Adrian Dolby (UNISON Representative) Professional services staff
Anonymous Member of the public
Alexander Arnold Graduate of the University of Southampton
Ravivarma Undergraduate student
Shelley Cobb Academic staff
Declan Flannery Undergraduate student
Mark Professional services staff
Kay Inckle Member of another HE institution
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Sandra Wilks Academic staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Ric Paul Professional services staff
Nicki Lewin Professional services staff
Anon Professional services staff
Dr Martina Johnson Academic staff
George Credland Member of another HE institution
Dr Álvaro Martinez-Perez Member of another HE institution
Dr Clive Trueman Academic staff
Catherine Pope Academic staff
Dr Ben Parker Academic staff
Dr Naureen Durrani Member of another HE institution
Emma Clery Academic staff
BJM Robroek Academic staff
Maria Villares-Varela Academic staff
bjorn Member of the public
Dr Beth Carroll Academic staff
Megan Charles Undergraduate student
Professor Traute Meyer Academic staff
Lewis Bye-Brooks Member of the public
Vanessa May Member of another HE institution
Olivia Owen Undergraduate student
Robin Wilson Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of the public
Anonymous Undergraduate student
James Barker Undergraduate student
Carly-May Kavanagh Undergraduate student
Sophie Undergraduate student
Fabrice Pierron Academic staff
J.Ellis Academic staff
Claire Reidy Postgraduate student
Eleanor Wilkinson Academic staff
Matthew Shlomowitz Academic staff
Nicholas Gibbins Academic staff
Prof David Bickerton Academic staff
Paul Bridgen Academic staff
Orla S Professional services staff
Neil Gregor Academic staff
Patrick White Member of another HE institution
Dr Marianne O’Doherty Member of another HE institution
Ivaylo Vassilev Academic staff
Orestis Katsamenis Academic staff
Anonymous PhD student Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student
Julie Gammon (History) Academic staff
Linda Kitchen Member of the public
Sue Hollis Professional services staff
Wendy Bottero Member of another HE institution
Jamie Ingram Postgraduate student
Richard Gomer Postgraduate student
Lena Munday Professional services staff
Lucy Green Academic staff
Matt Ryan Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Malcolm Hudson, Associate Professor Academic staff
Kostas Kaltsas Postgraduate student
Dr George Gilbert Academic staff
Ray Monk Academic staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Dr Surinder Sahota Academic staff
Professor Ros King Academic staff
Richard Whitby Academic staff
E Moonan-Howard Postgraduate student
Dr Hedvig Schmidt Academic staff
Benjamin Thomas Postgraduate student
Professor Alistair Pike Academic staff
Nicola Thomas Professional services staff
Dr Chris Fuller Academic staff
Stephen Watkins Postgraduate student
Laura Graham Academic staff
Mark Cranshaw Academic staff
Giles Richardson Academic staff
Sue Faulds Academic staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Dr Cynthia Selby Academic staff
Sarah Ennis Academic staff
lucy Watson Academic staff
Owen Tutty Academic staff
Emily Hooke Postgraduate student, Academic staff
Peter Middleton Academic staff
Alexander Wittig Academic staff
Sarah Smyth Postgraduate student
Orly Razgour Academic staff
Professor Patrick Doncaster Academic staff
Andrew Urquhart Academic staff
Dr Esther Sumner Academic staff
Isobel Stark Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic-related staff
Jessica Ogden Postgraduate student
Joy Conway Academic staff
Anon Academic staff
Professor Alan Borthwick Academic staff
Mia Khan, University of Bristol Member of another HE institution
Dr Laura Grange Academic staff
Gemma Academic staff
Ian Croudace Academic staff
Neil Wells Academic-related staff
Teresa Baron Postgraduate student
Dr Stuart Morton Academic staff
Professor Janice Barton Academic staff
Gillian Dow Academic staff
Dr Kirsty Edgar Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution
Benjamin F. Paget-Woods Postgraduate student
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Dr Pier Sazio Academic staff
Gillian Prudhoe Academic staff
Dr Leonie Hicks Member of another HE institution
Prof Malcolm H Levitt FRS FRSC Academic staff
Tracy Long-Sutehall Academic staff
Thomas Kluyver Academic staff
Lindy Holden-Dye Academic staff
Cori R Postgraduate student
Hazel Blythe Academic staff
Anne Rogers Professor of Health Systems Implementation Academic staff
Dave Oliver Professional services staff
Ben Oliver Academic staff
Prof Andrew Serdy Academic staff
Pearl Romans Professional services staff
Kate Freeth Academic staff
Rob Ewing Academic staff
Eleanor Jones Academic staff
David Galbraith Academic staff
James Renshaw Academic staff
Tamale Member of the public
Rose Lindsey Academic staff
john savage Professional services staff
Philip G Academic staff
Caroline Sharples Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution
Iman Naja Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Sara Demain Academic staff
Fiona Bowler Postgraduate student
Lorraine Williams Academic staff
Dr Brian Mellor Academic staff
George Seabrook Undergraduate student
Francesca L Academic-related staff
Dr David Holmes Academic staff
Jackie Bridges Academic staff
Fabio Postgraduate student
Bethan Linscott Postgraduate student
Dr. Ralf Deiterding Academic staff
Dr Andy King Academic staff
Dr Becki Nash Professional services staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Sujit Sahu Academic staff
Tina Kirk Academic staff
Patrick Walsh Member of another HE institution
Maggie Donovan-Hall Academic staff
Julian Whitewright Academic staff
Louise Revell Academic staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Chris Courtney Academic staff
Bhavik Barochia Postgraduate student
Laura Lewis Academic staff
Robyn Pelling Postgraduate student
Arthur Longhurst Professional services staff
Dr Duncan Randall Academic staff
Dr Andrew O’Bannon Academic staff
Ian Hawke Academic staff
HKM Hummerstone Postgraduate student
Jonathan W. Leader Academic staff
Andy Port Professional services staff
Dr Sarah Lewthwaite Academic staff
Peter Griffiths Academic staff
Dr Angela Fenwick Academic staff
Kristian Strutt Academic-related staff
Professor Tony Postle Academic staff
Dr Declan A. Doyle Academic staff
Karin Academic staff
Dr Rex Taylor Academic staff
Dr Tahmina Rahman Member of the public
Udo Schuklenk, PhD, professor Member of another HE institution
Anonymous Postgraduate student, Academic staff
John Armstrong Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic-related staff
Hazel Biggs Academic staff
Keith Jones Academic staff
grielof koster Academic staff
Kristine Nilsen Academic staff
Matthew Brown Professional services staff
F Shaibatzadeh Academic-related staff
Anonymous Postgraduate student, Academic staff
Marta Academic staff
Prof Hugh Davis Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Anonymous Postgraduate student
It’s disgusting what is happening to education and public services. Stop it. Member of another HE institution
Nils-Hennes Stear Academic staff
Ole Thomsen, Professor Academic staff
Dr Ben Jervis Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution
Daniel Ayre Graduate of the University of Southampton
Ashton Kingdon Postgraduate student
Dr Andrew Fisher Academic staff
Kathleen Purves Member of the public
Nadine Tyshynski Member of the public
Irina Nelson Academic staff
Dr Valentina Cardo Academic staff
J.Baron Member of another HE institution
Concerned researcher Academic staff
Andrew Tephwnson Academic staff
Dr T Blincoe Graduate of the University of Southampton
Dr Paul Skipp Academic staff
Dr Antony Overstall Academic staff
Michelle Perkins Graduate of the University of Southampton
Pete Dargie Academic-related staff
Dr Jonathan Havercroft Academic staff
Professor David Pilgrim Academic staff
Prof Jeanice Brooks Academic staff
Ginny Cranshaw Postgraduate student
Marion Demossier Academic staff
Dr Anne Hill Academic staff
Marije Schaafsma Academic staff
Anna Nelson Member of the public
Merel Veldhuizen Postgraduate student, Academic-related staff
Craig Webber Academic staff
Dr Eugen Stulz Academic staff
Georgina Hamilton-Welsh Postgraduate student
Dr Huw Jones Academic staff
Kelvin Peh Academic staff
Carmen Martín de León Academic staff
sarah Hughes Postgraduate student
Steve Moore Graduate of the University of Southampton
Georgina Clayton Postgraduate student
Andy Gravell Academic staff
Sophie Sheppard Postgraduate student
Giampaolo D’Alessandro Academic staff
Pauline Leonard Academic staff
Emma Roe Academic staff
Anonymous Academic staff
William Leonard Member of the public
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Cathryn Dear Postgraduate student
Prof Alex Hughes Graduate of the University of Southampton
J Malcolm East Academic staff
Professor Sarah Parsons Academic staff
F Nichols Professional services staff
Katie Passey Postgraduate student
Adrienne Martindale Postgraduate student
Kate Lyle Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Dr Livia Schanze Academic staff
B. Smith Postgraduate student
Prof. Alexander Badenoch Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution
Sigmund Bruno Schilpzand Postgraduate student
Kim Lipscombe Graduate of the University of Southampton, Professional services staff
Claire Clarkin Academic staff
Dr Annette Rubery Member of another HE institution
Dr Rosalind Willis Academic staff
Dr Jens Madsen Academic staff
Richard Giordano Academic staff
Tom G Undergraduate student
Dr Lipi Begum Academic staff
Nikee Hirst Academic staff
Josh Burns Undergraduate student
Zoe Hawkins Academic staff
Connor Maltby Postgraduate student
Charlotte Hawkins Undergraduate student
Anonymous Member of the public
Tilman Sanchez-Elsner Academic staff
Rob Carter Academic staff
Katy C Undergraduate student
David Owen Academic staff
Ian Cammack Academic staff
Jeffrey Bibbee Member of another HE institution
Dr Therese Allan Academic staff
Anon Postgraduate student
Jack Chandler Undergraduate student
Anonymous Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student
Ruth Arundell Academic staff
Mark Everist Academic staff
Moira Sugden Academic staff
Adam Prugel-Bennett Academic staff
Mary-Jane Baker Academic staff
Sophie Keeling Postgraduate student
Corey Schultz Academic staff
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Peter Morgan Academic-related staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Ben Blincoe Graduate of the University of Southampton
Lisa Roberts Academic staff
Prof Asghar Zaidi Academic staff
Andrew Pinnock Academic staff
Silke Roth Academic staff
Anonymous Academic staff
Tim Henstock Academic staff
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Christopher McCormick Academic staff
Elizabeth Kenny Academic staff
Jorge Member of the public
Adam Conlin Professional services staff
David Culliford Academic staff
Anonymous Graduate of the University of Southampton
Adelina Other
Simon Blainey Academic staff
Victoria Fenerty Professional services staff
Prof Myron Christodoulides Academic staff
Dr. Andrew Vaughan Academic staff, Member of USS
C Richardson Professional services staff
Prof. Peter Clarke Academic staff
Sally Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Hector Calvo Academic staff
Gemma Other
Professor Robert Read Academic staff
Professor Martin Glennie Academic staff
Steph Allen Postgraduate student
Professor Myron Christodoulides Academic staff
Professor Iain Cameron Academic staff
Matthew Phillips Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Dr. Maria Victoria Humbert Academic staff
Professor Andrew Gorringe Member of another HE institution
Dr Heidi Armbruster Academic staff
Christopher Bell Academic staff
Stephen forster Other
alessia plutino Academic staff
Adrian Reyes-Hughes Professional services staff
Emma Reeves Academic staff
Linda Postgraduate student
Dr Alison Gascoigne Academic staff
Elisabeth Schroeder-Butterfill Academic staff, Member of USS
Susan Halford Academic staff
Joseph Higgins Postgraduate student
Annelies Cazemier Academic staff
Paul Nichols Other
Charlotte Lydia Riley Academic staff
Alasdair Archibald Academic staff
Beth Sepion Academic staff
Yvonne Middlewick Academic staff
Kendrick Oliver Academic staff
D R Thomson Postgraduate student
Eve Colpus Academic staff
C Jones Member of another HE institution
J Graduate of the University of Southampton, Member of another HE institution
Sarah McKay Postgraduate student
Dr Justine Pizzo Academic staff
Dr Ruben Sanchez-Garcia Academic staff
Jesse Ransley Academic staff
Mariana Thomas Postgraduate student
Dr. sakellaris Mailis Academic staff
Sara plutino Academic-related staff
Harry Bourne Undergraduate student
John J McGavin Academic staff
Michael Salmon Academic staff
Andrew Hamilton Academic staff
Professor Peter Friedmann FMedSci Academic staff
Claire Le Foll Academic staff
Dr Claire Lougarre Academic staff
Andrew Carnie Academic staff
Christopher Hartland Undergraduate student
Alexandra Peica Undergraduate student
Rory Padfield Undergraduate student
Sophie Holmes-Elliott Academic staff
Rebecca Smith Academic staff
Matt Coleman Professional services staff
Reuben Pengelly Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff, Member of USS
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Michelle Undergraduate student
Kathy Kendall Academic staff
laurence sherrington Undergraduate student
Annabel Undergraduate student
Melanie Bigold Member of another HE institution
Katy Jensen Undergraduate student
Professor Simon Quinn Academic-related staff
Jasper Carr Undergraduate student
Lena Harding Undergraduate student
Jennifer Pagliuca Undergraduate student
JE Other
Charlotte Whelan Undergraduate student
David Cleary Academic staff
Isabelle Freeman Undergraduate student
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Dr. Ian C. Harding Academic staff
Mike Poppleton Member of USS
Andrea Bieda Undergraduate student
Diego Silva Member of another HE institution
Theodore Koulouris Member of another HE institution
David Gurnham Academic staff
Robert Vanderbeck Member of another HE institution
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Samuel Hodder Graduate of the University of Southampton
Rachel Brunnen Undergraduate student
Conor McHugh Academic staff
Lucy Barnes Undergraduate student
Jakub Boguszak Academic staff
James O’Leary Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Fran Other
Andrea Undergraduate student
Will Young Graduate of the University of Southampton
Lily Undergraduate student
Robert Wilshaw Graduate of the University of Southampton
Richard Nash Graduate of the University of Southampton
Jade Eyles Graduate of the University of Southampton
Prof. Malgosia Kaczmarek Academic staff
Peter Mackin Undergraduate student
Keir Burrows Undergraduate student
Robin Sen Member of another HE institution
Daniel Carpenter Graduate of the University of Southampton
Audrey linton Undergraduate student
E Chambers Postgraduate student
Sean Ruffell Undergraduate student
Helena Campbell Undergraduate student
Elizabeth Savage Member of another HE institution, Member of USS
Ben Graduate of the University of Southampton
Madeleine Kish Undergraduate student
Anonymous Graduate of the University of Southampton
Joanna Tonge Undergraduate student, Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student
Rohit K Dasgupta Member of another HE institution, Member of USS, Other
Marie Undergraduate student
Dr Harry Annison Academic staff
Dr Richard Penny Professional services staff
Phil Rackley Postgraduate student
Dr Dean Phillips Academic staff, Member of USS
Val Gillies Member of another HE institution
Anonymous Undergraduate student
Emma Round Graduate of the University of Southampton
G.C Graduate of the University of Southampton
Elizabeth Scott Academic-related staff
Anonymous Graduate of the University of Southampton
Sylwia Machnik Undergraduate student
Kishan Gnanasekaran Postgraduate student
Elaine S Other
Olivier A. Undergraduate student
Hettie Malcomson Academic staff
Nick Ruktanonchai Academic staff
Grace Curtis Undergraduate student
Dr Jane Collins Academic staff
Billy Boulton Undergraduate student
Martha Fooks Undergraduate student
Thomas Chalk Academic staff
Casey Undergraduate student, Other
Conor Francis Macis Undergraduate student
Josh Ilan Undergraduate student
James Atkins Undergraduate student
Anonymous Postgraduate student
Prof. Andrew Bowie Member of another HE institution
Lorna Beckett Undergraduate student
Dr Darren Paffey Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Prof Thom Brooks Member of another HE institution
Sharon Mintoff Graduate of the University of Southampton
Devorah Baum Academic staff
J Chaplin Undergraduate student
Lorna Fielker Other
Dr Caroline Childs Academic staff
Christopher Meekings Graduate of the University of Southampton
Bradley L Garrett Academic staff, Member of another HE institution
C J Tripp Other
Jennifer Harris Other
Chris Graduate of the University of Southampton
Luke Martell Member of another HE institution
Nancy Beckett-Jones Professional services staff
Peter Sturgess Undergraduate student
CRS MSc Graduate of the University of Southampton, Postgraduate student
Adam Graduate of the University of Southampton
Professor Jessica Teeling Academic staff
Kate Acheson Postgraduate student
Anonymous Graduate of the University of Southampton
Hannah Cheales Graduate of the University of Southampton
Dr Katie Plant Academic staff
Lee Graduate of the University of Southampton
Dr. David McQueen Member of another HE institution
Roberta Graduate of the University of Southampton
Caroline Curd née Sims Graduate of the University of Southampton
Professor Ian Clarke Academic staff
Dr. Steve Beers Academic staff
Dr Su White Academic staff
Deanne Windsor Undergraduate student
Maureen Harrison Academic staff
Urval Patel Member of another HE institution
Melanie Nind Academic staff
Aisling O’Kane Graduate of the University of Southampton
Jessica Tatham Undergraduate student
Emma Raftery Undergraduate student
A G Dunn Graduate of the University of Southampton, Academic staff
Jane Kelsey Graduate of the University of Southampton
Prof Stephanie Moser Academic staff
Dr David Voegeli Academic staff
Ben C Postgraduate student
Liv Stobseth-Brown Academic-related staff
Catharine Cross Member of another HE institution
Patience Schell Member of another HE institution
Jessica Westcott-Hayes Graduate of the University of Southampton
Gary Johnson Academic-related staff
Professor M A Mullee Academic staff

[To add your name, click on this link and fill in the form at the bottom of the letter: signatories will be added to this blog periodically, last update each day at 1730. Please do not leave a comment here to ask us to add your name: we really want your signatures, but we are really stretched for administrative capacity, especially during the strike. Please click on this link and add it via the form instead.]

73 Comments

  1. exec says:

    Comment from signatory: The university must put the needs of their staff before any other concerns – without our amazing staff and the ability to attract future talent, this and all UK universities would cease to provide a high standard of research or education.

  2. exec says:

    Comment from signatory: UUK are bringing themselves into disrepute in their mishandling of the pensions issue, losing the respect and trust of the entire sector. It is clear to many that the statutory requirements of the Pensions Regulator have been used by many VCs to push through a cynical derisking of their business portfolios at the expense of staff, just because they thought they could get away with it. They can’t.

  3. exec says:

    Comment from signatory: It is not just a fight regarding the current members of staff, but of the staff of the future also.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *