Industrial Action: Message from PVC Learning and Teaching, 27 February

Dear students,

Following my last email of 19 February 2018 I am writing with an update on the University and College Union (UCU) industrial action.

To ensure you can access timely and accurate information, we have set up a webpage for students with information about the strike and a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If there are any questions that you think we have missed off the list which would be helpful to have answered, please let us know by responding to this email.

We have asked staff to make all reasonable effort to limit or mitigate the impact of strike action on students and other services users, including asking teaching staff who are on strike to give students access to materials (Moodle, recorded lectures, online resources, reading lists etc.) that cover the content missed through strike action, and asking non-striking staff to cover the duties of striking staff as long as this could be expected within their normal role or job description. This is to try and ensure that students do not miss any crucial content on a unit, even if they have missed lectures or seminars.

We are also working with the Students’ Union to identify ways that we can minimise disruption to students. If you have any constructive suggestions, please pass them on to your Academic Rep.

As I have previously said, this is a national issue that can only be resolved at a national level. We hope that further negotiations will lead to a resolution as soon as possible so that we can continue with our learning and teaching as normal.

Finally, please remember that whether or not they are on strike staff care passionately about education and the students they teach. Nobody that I have spoken to has taken the decision to strike lightly. I am grateful for the messages from students who, however inconvenienced they feel, have taken the trouble to look into the issues and have shown understanding in a difficult situation.

We hope that the current dispute will be resolved soon. In the meantime, I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that disruption to your education is kept to a minimum.

Best wishes

Professor Peter Lambert,
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

Bookmark with:

What is this?