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Guidance for staff on enquiries relating to industrial action

13 Nov 2019

Guidance for colleagues who receive enquiries during the forthcoming industrial action

John Owens building

We have developed a guidance document for colleagues who receive enquiries from students, parents and other family members, during the forthcoming industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU).

We fully recognise the rights of staff members to take industrial action, and we know that staff will have thought very hard about whether to vote and how to cast their vote.  We are of course disappointed that a solution could not be found to avoid this situation, as industrial action of any kind is always highly regrettable and our priority is to minimise any impact on our students.

This is however an anxious time for students, as well as our staff, and it is important to reassure students that we already have contingencies in place to ensure that any impacts on learning are mitigated and that future decisions relating to their progression, degree outcome and graduation can be taken irrespective of the impact of this industrial action.

If you have a query from a student, which is not covered in this guidance document, please advise them to contact: 

Guidance for staff

Dates of industrial action

  • Strike action 25-29 November 2019
  • Strike action 2-4 December 2019
  • Continuous action short of a strike from 25 November 2019

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