To help us represent you we set up continuous consultations and a survey at the start of this semester to hear the views of PGRs across the University of Leeds, and we now recognise how varied the experiences of PGRs are (e.g. part-time, full-time, self-funded, funded, non-teaching, teaching, etc).
The survey and consultations shows that many PGRs want LUU to support UCU’s strike action, and the majority of respondents in the survey agreed with UCU’s strike action. Out of the 61 respondents to the survey, 43 disagreed with LUU’s stance on strike action, 9 agreed, and 15 were neutral. It is clear that many PGRs are disappointed by the lack of solidarity with the staff at the University and are concerned about teaching staff being underpaid and treated unfairly.
Of the respondents who supported the stance or were neutral, they felt that strikes have had a lack of impact, that strikes are not in the student interest, and they could understand the frustration of some students. In the survey we also asked about UCU’s PGR manifesto, of which 53 respondents agreed with, 8 did not agree with, and 7 were unsure. The survey also showed that some of the main concerns among respondents were pay and conditions, impacts of the pandemic (mental health issues, loneliness, running out of time/funding), and feeling ignored by both the University and LUU. Some respondents identified how positive their experience had been and how they felt valued.
If you would like to read the full survey results analysis which includes valuable qualitative feedback then please contact the LUU Academic Engagement Team at email@example.com.