The University and Colleges Union have announced a series of strike action, starting on Thursday 20 February, culminating with a week-long walkout from Monday 9 to Friday 13 March.
Update 11 March 2020
The University and Colleges Union (UCU) have announced a series of strike action, starting on Thursday 20 February, culminating with a week-long walkout from Monday 9 to Friday 13 March.
We actively support the strikes; however, our top priority remains the experience of our students. There may be disruptions and cancellations as a result of the strikes, and we are working with the University to resolve these.
As a Students’ Union we understand and support our lecturer’s requests for fair pay and good quality of working life. The experience and satisfaction of staff has a direct impact on our students, and we appreciate you might find it frustrating that your teaching is impacted.
As an Officer Team, we’ve already been in touch with the University senior management team around the support they are putting in place over the next few weeks, particularly for those who may be studying part-time or are about to undertake assessments or other key deadlines. We've also signed a joint letter along with 25 other SU's, asking those involved in the negotiations at a National level to help resolve the disputes between employers and the trade unions.
In addition to this, we'll be contacting Academic Reps to understand the scale of the strikes, and make sure all affected students are aware of the support avaliable and how to follow the complaints process.
Our top priority remains the experience of our students, and ensuring they get top quality teaching and learning. However, there may be disruptions and cancellations as a result of the Strikes.
The University has put in measures to ensure that students are not adversely affected, and have also reassured us that all complaints will be dealt with promptly. You can find the University’s accelerated complaint procedure online.
You should record when you have been affected, and how it has negatively impacted your studies. This information should then be submitted using the University’s complaint form, clearly stating: “This complaint relates to the impact of major disruption on my studies”.
If you want any advice on completing your complaint, or if you are worried about the impact of these strikes should get in touch with the Students’ Union Advice Centre, for free and confidential advice and support: you can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01484 473446.
Tell us what you think about the strikes by engaging with the Big Ideas Platform.