UCU strike action suspended

Updates on the UCU strike action

Members of the University and Colleges Union (which represents academic staff) have voted to accept proposals from Universities UK aimed at resolving the pensions dispute. Members voted to accept UUK's offer by 64% to 36%, on a turnout of 63.5%.

As a result, UCU have suspended all plans for strike action for April, May and June. UCU has also suspended all action short of a strike.

NUSU's Academic Student Reps have collected feedback from their course mates about the impact of strike action on specific modules, which NUSU has now brought to the attention of relevant Heads of Schools.

Some of the key concerns that our Reps encountered when collecting feedback include:

  • A lack of clarity as to how precisely modules will be assessed in light of missed teaching.
  • Practice sessions being cancelled, leaving students unprepared for assessed work.
  • Feeling that it is unfair to be expected to use old ReCap recordings as a replacement for cancelled teaching – i.e. that these don’t provide a full understanding and adequate preparation for assessment.
  • A lack of clarity as to whether ‘compromised’ assessed coursework will still have the same weighting towards the overall module grade as it would in any other year.

NUSU has also provided the University with an overview of all the feedback we received to further help mitigate the impact of the strikes on your studies.

Dr John Hogan, University Registrar, has assured NUSU that students will not be directly assessed on any material which would have been delivered during the strike period.

Dr Hogan has also stated that all pay deductions from striking staff will be "invested directly for the benefit of students".

The University has published a series of FAQs about the strikes and their impact on your studies which you can read here.


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