Five days of strike action have now taken place with a further nine days due to take place Monday 5 to Thursday 8 March (4 days) and Monday 12 to Friday 16 March (5 days). We understand that UUK and UCU have agreed to enter talks with the conciliation service ACAS and we should therefore expect an announcement later in the week.
The HE Minister is reported to be considering how refunds might be paid to students, although this is not clear and we will keep an eye on how this progresses. There are still discussions taking places about how teaching could be rescheduled and what should be done with the withheld lecturers’ wages.
What LUU is doing to support students?
We are continuing to offer support to all students and the Help & Support Team continue to offer tailored support to individuals.
What are your School Reps doing locally?
Your academic representation team have been collating responses from students about the situations locally in your Schools, with each Faculty represented. We have had nearly 90 responses so far, with Psychology and English providing the highest numbers of responses per School.
Students have reported being worried about:
- Impact on final year dissertations and exams
- Inconsistency in the provision of information from the central University and locally in Schools
- Value for money
Responses so far have been largely sympathetic to the position of lecturers but think the strike will have a negative effect on their individual education.
There have been particular concerns raised about:
- Whether refunds to tuition fees will be made
- If assessments will be adjusted to take account for missed content
- Whether missed teaching sessions will be rescheduled
School Reps will be meeting on Tuesday 6 March at the LUU Education Assembly to discuss how things have been going in Schools, to share ideas and plan for next steps. This will include sharing ideas about how the situation has been handled locally. Watch out for local updates from your reps about what is happening in your School.
If you want to contribute to the feedback survey you still can.
If you’d like to show your support for the Strikes then you can contact with the Student Group wjicj supports UCU.