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Information about strike action

What to expect from the UCU strike action

On Tuesday 8 November, the University and College Union (UCU) reached agreement to take strike action over pay and working conditions.

The result of this ballot means that some academic and academic-related staff across the higher education sector have voted in favour of strike days on Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Wednesday 30 November. UCU has also confirmed its members will take part in continuous action short of strike from Wednesday 23 November.  

What should I expect?

Strike action means that some staff taking part will not work on the strike days above. This could result in some cancelled classes. ‘Continuous action short of strike’ is a term that could mean our staff limit the work that they undertake on other days covered by the action.

However, the University will remain open throughout the strike action and most teaching will proceed as usual. Spaces and services including Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), cafes, and student wellbeing will continue to be open during this time.

We expect all students to continue to attend classes and complete assignments unless you are advised otherwise. 

Click on a link below to find frequently asked questions. 

Learning and Teaching

How can I find out if my classes or lectures have been cancelled?

Academic staff do not need to give the University advance notice if they plan to participate in the strike action. You should still attend your scheduled classes as normal unless you have already been advised otherwise by your School. Where Schools are aware of possible impact on your class ahead of time, they will do their best to get in touch with you. This may not always be possible if it is short notice.

What should I do if my lecturer does not show up?

If you attend a class and your lecturer does not show up – please contact your School office immediately with details. This will help us identify where we need to put in measures for any impact where academic staff have not given us advance warning.

What will happen to classes that are cancelled?

Schools will put in measures to manage any cancelled classes. Your programme or Canvas module site will provide information about this. You may see cancelled classes on your timetable. 

If your class is cancelled as a result of the industrial action, you will not be penalised in terms of attendance. You should continue to swipe your card while you’re on campus, attend all other classes that continue as scheduled, and log into Canvas, as normal.

Can I contact my lecturer or personal tutor on strike days?

Yes, you can continue to contact staff but please note there may be a delay in receiving a response. If your query is urgent, we would advise you to speak to your School office.

Will I be able to watch lectures online? 

Automatic recording will be temporarily paused on strike days and academic staff will be asked to manually record classes that go ahead. These recordings will be available on your programme site. 

I’m a postgraduate research student, who should I contact?

We advise you to speak to your School’s Associate Dean (Research) if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Assignments and assessments

Will the industrial action affect assessments or assignments?

We expect that all assessments and assignments will continue as planned unless you are advised otherwise by your School.

Will there be any delays to assignment feedback?

There may be some delays to feedback however we will work hard to minimise this. If your lecturers are unable to achieve the four-week deadline for return of marked coursework, they will let you know.

Can I submit an extension for my assignment because of the strike?

We would encourage you to continue to work to complete any assignments and assessments on time. The impact of the strike action will be recorded by your School as part of assessments.

 

Campus facilities

Will the strike action affect facilities?

No, our facilities including our Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), cafes and study spaces will remain open as usual.

 

Support

I’m worried about the strike action impact on my studies. Who can I contact?

If you are worried about the impact on your course, please contact your programme leader or Dean with details on your concern so that they can identify how to support you.

Our student wellbeing team will be open throughout the strike days should you wish to speak to them. We also have our free and confidential 24/7 wellbeing helpline too.

 

International students

 How will I log my attendance if my classes are cancelled?

If your class is cancelled as a result of the industrial action, you will not be penalised in terms of attendance. You should continue to swipe your card while you’re on campus, attend all other classes that continue as scheduled, and log into Canvas, as normal.