UCU members have overwhelmingly backed plans for industrial action at 69 UK universities in a row over changes to pensions.
In the ballot, 78% of members who voted, voted for strike action and 87% voted for action short of a strike, which could include a marking boycott. The turnout of 45% was the highest in a national higher education ballot since UCU was formed in 2006.
Talks are scheduled on Wednesday between the union and the employersâ€™ representatives. The union said if the employers continued with their proposals then the union would meet on Friday 24 October to decide what form the disruption would take and when it would start.
The ballot made it clear to members that a vote for action would most likely lead to a marking boycott and a refusal to set exams. The action would stop students being set coursework or receiving formal marks and feedback, as well as halting exams.