Industrial action

This page will host information about planned industrial action and strike days

This page has been set up to provide key information to students about the Industrial Action that is currently taking place nationally. We would like to reassure you that we are working hard to avoid disruption to your studies. You will have questions about what the strike is about, how it may affect your studies and what we are doing to resolve the dispute. We hope we have answered these on our FAQ page.

If you have any questions we haven’t answered please get in touch via

Two trade unions, the University and College Union (UCU) and Unison are undertaking national industrial action.

When is it happening?

Unison have not yet notified the University of any strike days; only Unison members who are members of the USS Pension Scheme will be eligible to take strike action.

UCU has announced 14 days of strike action to take place, starting Thursday 20 February. The strikes will escalate over the course of four weeks:

  • Week one - Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February
  • Week two - Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February
  • Week three - Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March
  • Week four - Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March

UCU balloted for Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) and have set out five forms of ASOS which started on 25 November and will continue until the dispute is settled, or up to 29 April 2020. These consist of:

  • Working to contract
  • Not covering for absent colleagues
  • Not rescheduling lectures or classes cancelled due to strike action
  • Not sharing materials relating to lectures or classes cancelled as a result of strike action
  • Not undertaking any voluntary activities
  • We have been notified that ASOS will not include a marking and assessment boycott at this time.

    We are keeping in close communication with the Students’ Union and will update you whenever there is more useful information about the situation. In the meantime, please:

  • Continue to attend timetabled events
  • Utilise physical and online resources (VLE, Library etc)
  • Contact your School if you have any further queries regarding how the strike may impact you.
  • Use to contact us with any other queries or questions
  • Please take a look at the FAQ pages for more information on why staff are taking action and answers to common questions around Industrial Action. We will continue to update these throughout the Industrial action.

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