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Term 3 Industrial Action: An Update From Your Sabbs

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We hope you all had a restful break over Easter and are looking forward to the summer. We wanted to update you on industrial action from UCU and what will be happening across term 3.

From 16th March till 8th April, UCU re-balloted their members on whether they would like to take further industrial action over term 3. On 12th April it was announced that UCU members had voted in favour of taking further industrial action over the Four Fights and the USS pension scheme. On 26th April, it was confirmed that this industrial action would take the form of 10 days of strike action and a marking boycott. This will not affect any remaining teaching however it may affect marking, moderation and Boards of Examiners (where marks are ratified). We are still waiting for information from UCU on exactly what this will look like and when it will take place so we will update you with this information as soon as we can.

You should have recieved an email from your Head of School giving more detail on what this will mean for you. As it is likely to affect students in different ways depending on your school and some students may not be affected at all, so please keep an eye out for this email.

We have already started working with the University on how they will help mitigate the impact on students. We are also working alongside sabbatical officers at other Russell Group universities to take a collaboarative approach to supporting students. We will be keeping you regularly updated on what measures are being put in place to support you, so please keep checking back here.

We know this news may be distressing and that you may feel anxious, and we want to reassure you NUSU is here to represent your academic interests and will have your wellbeing at the forefront of our thinking throughout. You can access wellbeing support through: 

  • NUSU Welfare and Support Centre - located on the ground floor (next to the Coop), this is a place for you to come in for a cuppa and a chat or to be signposted on to services that may be helpful.
  • University Student Health and Wellbeing Services - you can access more specific support through the University wellbeing services such as counselling: Student Wellbeing - Student Wellbeing - Newcastle University (ncl.ac.uk)