Some academic and academic related University staff, will not work during the period of strike action. This may mean that on the designated strike days, academic staff will not teach your lectures, seminars, tutorials or other academic sessions. They may not be present in their office hours or undertake any work such as marking of assignments or replying to emails. Academic related staff such as librarians may also not work during periods of strike action. Those who are striking do not need to inform you that they will not be running a particular lecture or other session, although they may choose to do so at their own discretion.
Not all staff are members of the Union or will choose to strike. Therefore, it will very much depend on your subject, level of study, and individual timetable as to how much your teaching and learning will be impacted. The University plan to communicate with all students to let you know about any potential disruption and may also put plans in place to minimise the impact of the industrial action.
UCU has also indicated that staff will take indefinite “Action Short of a Strike” from 1st December 2021. Action Short of a strike is industrial action incorporated into a staff member’s daily working life outside of any designated strike days. This may include;
- Working to contract
- Not undertaking any voluntary activities
If the dispute between UCU and University employers continues into the New Year, we do not yet know the precise nature of any future action or its impact on students.
Whatever your stance on the industrial action, and whatever the outcome of the Referendum, the Guild will continue to represent your academic interests to the University and we will support individuals through our Guild Advice service in relation to any impact industrial action may have on your individual academic experience and progression.