Update for all students: UCU Industrial Action 2023

You may have seen reports that the University and College Union (UCU) that represents some academic and academic-related staff at the University has, through a ballot of its members, renewed its mandate for continued industrial action for a further six-month period.

No dates for renewed strike action have been announced and the Union has also confirmed that they will consult with their members on proposals put forward by the National Employers representatives. UCU have, however, announced that they will extend their “Action Short Of a Strike” to include a marking and assessment boycott from Thursday 20 April.

We understand that some of you may be concerned about the boycott, but please remember that not all staff belong to UCU and that most students will be unaffected. Firstly, we want to assure you that all exams and assessments will continue to take place as planned. You should continue to study and prepare for your exams or other assessments that are scheduled according to the published deadlines. 

Our priority is to ensure that you receive your marks and feedback, and that you are able to progress to the next stage of study or to graduate as expected, as long as you meet the requirements of your course. If you are likely to experience a delay in receiving grades and/or feedback as a result of industrial action then you will be notified by your Head of School.

We will provide further information to all students about the industrial action and any impact of the proposed marking and assessment boycott as soon as the University re-opens after the vacation period - from Monday 17 April 2023.   

Thank you for your understanding and patience.



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