Information for parents on the planned industrial action
The University is continuing to work with our trade union representatives to discuss potential resolutions to the national disputes over pensions, pay and working conditions. We will keep these pages updated with the most recent information.
What are the dates of the industrial action?
UCU have proposed 14 strike dates spread over four weeks, as follows:
- Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February
- Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February
- Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March
- Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March
What will happen during industrial action?
Classes may be cancelled with little notice, as under British Law, anyone undertaking industrial action does not need to notify their employer in advance. We expect around 800 of our 8,000 members of staff may participate in the industrial action, which means many teaching sessions and assessments will go ahead as normal.
On days without industrial action, teaching will go ahead as normal.
What is the university doing to minimise disruption?
As a University we are doing everything possible to deal with any disruption, prioritising students’ wellbeing, education and learning. We are doing all we can to try and make up for any lost learning and to ensure that all students will still be able to complete their programme of study and graduate as planned. These measures may include things like rescheduling lectures, agreeing extensions to assessment deadlines, and informing assessment boards to ensure students are not disadvantaged or penalised.
What support will be offered to students during industrial action?
We are working hard to deal with any disruption whilst prioritising the continued welfare, education, and learning of our students.
We appreciate industrial action can cause uncertainty and concern for students and are doing everything we can to help remedy this as student wellbeing is our number one priority. As part of this, we have created some Industrial Action webpages for our students, which are designed to help them find related information quickly and easily. We also have a dedicated telephone number for industrial action queries that students can call. This number will include signposting for any mental health support.
We have also been proactively working with the Students’ Union Officers, who have ensured that the Students’ Union building will be open as usual during any disruption, and that all students will be welcome there to gather and study with friends during any periods of industrial action.
Can students claim compensation or a refund?
Student tuition fees fund all sorts of resources aimed at supporting students’ academic work, including libraries, computing facilities, and many other services relating to student welfare. Because fees are all encompassing in this way, it is not possible to differentiate between the cost of resources and those of individual classes, lectures or seminars. This means the University cannot offer a refund for classes lost.
The current industrial action issues arise from matters that are negotiated at a national level, which this University cannot resolve by itself. For these reasons the University cannot provide compensation. However we will continue to work with our national representatives to press for a fair resolution as quickly as possible.