Academic staff at the University of Birmingham will take part in a first mass walkout over pay since 2006 on Thursday.
University and College Union (UCU), and Unite members will strike on October 31 together over a bitter pay dispute across the UK.
The unions say that the proposed one per cent pay rise will mean that staff have effectively suffered a 13 per cent pay cut since 2008 – which UCU head of higher education Michael MacNeil called “one of the most sustained pay cuts since the Second World War”.
UCU said it expected all 1,000 of its members at the university to strike, joining 59,000 members nationwide.
Birmingham’s UNISON members will not take part as their pay is negotiated locally, but will show support in a midday rally.
David Bailey, UCU University of Birmingham branch president, said he expected the impact to be “considerable”.
He emphasised the importance of tackling this national dispute on a local level.
The strike is supported by the University’s Guild of Students, which said that its Sabbatical Officers will not be crossing the picket line.
In a statement, it said: “The guild believes in the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with campus unions.
“Having properly remunerated staff is important for morale and the quality of our learning environment.
“Many postgraduate students also teach, and low wages affect their welfare and quality of life too.”
A University of Birmingham spokesman questioned the legitimacy of the UCU ballot in which 62 per cent voted to strike, saying: “A low turnout of 35 per cent of the total UCU membership across all higher education took part in the ballot, which means that only 21.8 per cent of the total membership voted in favour of strike action.
“At the University of Birmingham, UCU represent around a quarter of the 3,580 staff who are in academic or related roles.”
Unison head of higher education Jon Richards said: “This measly one per cent offer is simply not good enough.”