21 / 04 / 18

Strike Action by University Staff in Support of a Campaign Concerning Pensions

The University and College Union (UCU) has asked members to take industrial action in support of a campaign concerning pensions. This action is a UK wide issue which cannot be resolved locally by, or within, the University. However, we are working closely with the UCU both locally and nationally and will continue to do so.

14 days of strike action took place during February and March 2018:

Week one - Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018

Week two – Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February

Week three – Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March

Week four – Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March

Whilst many parts of the University were unaffected, some students have had a number of sessions cancelled as a result of the strike action. Due to the impact of lost teaching time, Senate, at its meeting on 20 March, formally agreed that the current industrial action constitutes an emergency situation and also approved the University’s emergency guidance (PDF: 529KB). This Guidance covers the arrangements for programme delivery and assessment where disruption has occurred and for the forthcoming examination and assessment period.

Keeping you informed

In addition to the Open Forum on Friday 16 February, the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Day and Academic Registrar, Mrs Lesley Braiden, have sent emails to all students to update you on the strike action and the steps the University is taking:

Further emails will also be posted here.

Please note that the key sources of up-to-date, agreed action are as follows:

  • Information about any possible changes to your academic programme and any possible changes to arrangements that may subsequently affect you will be communicated by your Head of Academic Unit (that is, your Head of School or Institute) if they prove necessary. Emails will be sent to your @ncl.ac.uk email address, so please check this regularly. 
  • General information affecting all students will be communicated by the Academic Registrar, Mrs Lesley Braiden

If you have further concerns or queries, you may notify the University by completing this online form. Where it is possible to do so, we will provide answers to the most common queries on our Frequently Asked Questions page. We will do our best to answer specific individual queries, but please bear in mind that it may not be possible to provide a detailed response, because we may not yet have all of the necessary information about the details of strike action taken in any individual School / programme. Please note that we can only reply to you if you provide your email address where requested on the form.

Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PECs)

If you consider that the strike action has affected your ability to submit work for particular assessment and you require a specific adjustment, the online Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC) system enables you to request that these circumstances be taken into account at the end of the Semester. Please do not submit PEC forms just in case you think you might be affected, but use this process only for definite and specific instances individual to you.

It will be possible for you to submit a single PEC in respect of the overall impact on you of the strike action in advance of your School’s published PEC deadline at the end of Semester 2. Once again, you should only do this if there has been a definite and specific impact on you.

Further information on applying for a PEC as a result of strike action.

Updated on 5 April 2018.