Lecturers at Birmingham University have been urged to continue disrupting studies - despite a proposed settlement in their bitter pay dispute.
The Birmingham branch of the University and College Union is to consult members on "alternative and escalating forms of industrial action" including possible strikes.
The move comes a week after the UCU's executive called off a national boycott on marking and invigilating exams that risked some students being unable to graduate.
The UCU - created from the merger of the Association of University Teachers and college lecturers' union NATFHE - is balloting members on the latest pay offer.
It delivers a 13.1 per cent rise over three years for most, but for the lowest paid it will be worth 15.5 per cent more by October 2008.
UCU bosses have recommended members accept the deal.
But Sue Blackwell, of the UCU's Birmingham University branch, said: "People feel the action was called off just as it was beginning to bite and the offer isn't acceptable.
"We were asking for 23 per cent over three years."
The local branch passed a six-point motion last Friday and condemned the UCU's leadership for suspending the industrial action before the results of the ballot.
It called on members to "vote against the offer in the forthcoming ballot, as it does not meet our basic demand for catch-up pay increases over three years".
The Birmingham branch also called on members to look at other forms of industrial disruption as well as strikes.
"One thing that would set alarm bells ringing would be a boycott on admissions at the start of the year.
"We could also boycott clearing," warned Ms Blackwell.
Lecturers have been locked in dispute with the employers' body, the UCEA, since last October.
They claim their salary has fallen by 40 per cent over the past two decades compared with other similar professionals.
In the boycott Birmingham University was the worst hit with 665 students, including 64 in their final year, affected. At Aston University, 150 students' work was disrupted.
The proposed settlement promises three per cent this August, followed by one per cent in February and another three per cent in August 2007.
They will get a further three per cent in May 2008 and 2.5 per cent in October 2008, or a sum matching the level of inflation following a review.
Ms Blackwell said it was the final year deal which had caused problems.
"They say the 2.5 per cent is a floor figure but we think it is likely to be a ceiling. If they had put this to ballot while keeping the action going, members would have been happy with that."
Birmingham University vice-chancellor Professor Michael Sterling last week said the offer was at the "extreme limits of affordability."