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A Statement from Your Full Time Officer Team Regarding Further Announced Strike Action

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Statement Summary:

  1. The University has told us that their priority is to ensure that students who submit work on time, and that meets the requirements of their course, will graduate or progress to the next stage of their study.
  2. While the vast majority of students will not be affected by strike action; the Guild will campaign for fee reimbursement for students impacted by strikes.
  3. We will update students on exact strike days as soon as details are announced.

As your Full Time Officer Team, we wanted to reassure students, and detail our plan of action, ahead of the 18 strike days of strike action announced by the University and College Union (UCU) last week (UCU - Universities to be hit with 18 days of strike action before April). We are also aware that UCU are intending to ballot their members on whether to hold a marking and assessment boycott. Rest assured that your Guild will continue to lobby the University to mitigate the impact from any of these actions

The University has told us that their priority is to ensure that students submitting work on time, that meets the requirements of their course, will graduate or progress to the next stage of their study. We will continue to lobby the University for assurances of graduation, for all students submitting passable work on time.

We are aware that some students in schools that are disproportionately impacted by strike action, will feel that they are not receiving the education that they have paid for. As a result we are starting a campaign for fee reimbursement for students who have been affected by strike action. Students should not bear the cost of the dispute. We will also continue to monitor the situation across individual courses closely, and represent any student who believes they are being assessed on material they have not been taught.

On strike days, we will continue to open Guild meeting rooms (outside of those already booked for student groups) as study spaces, as well providing a space for UCU members to have food, hot drinks, and shelter from any adverse weather conditions.

We are not officially calling on students to not cross picket lines and not go onto campus during the period of strike action, as we recognise that not all students are able to make such a commitment. We recognise that this is a matter of personal choice, especially with the number of proposed strike days in this round of industrial action. As your Officer team, we will also be reviewing as individuals whether to go onto campus during strike days.

We would also like to stress to all students the importance of respecting the decisions and beliefs of others during any strike period, while also recognising the right of a Trade Union to picket at the entrance to their employer's estate.

If you have any questions regarding this statement or how your Guild can support you during the strike period, please email FTO@guild.bham.ac.uk or contact us via any of our social media channels, which you can find details of on our website. Further information can be found here: Industrial Action FAQs (birmingham.ac.uk). We will update students on exact strike days as soon as details are announced.

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