UCU industrial action - student information
Members of the University and College Union, which represents academic and some professional service staff, have been taking strike action over the past month over proposed changes to their pension scheme.
This period of strike action has now come to an end and we are now assessing what impact it has had on our ability to deliver teaching to our students. Some areas of the University, and our student body, have been more affected than others.
Latest update 13 April 2018 - Members of the University and College Union have voted to accept the proposal for a Joint Expert Panel on the USS valuation. As a result, the Union will suspend the strike action scheduled for the Summer Term.
Our focus now is on ensuring you can continue to progress academically, can graduate and that academic standards are preserved. The Executive Group of the University and faculty Deans are working with schools affected by the industrial action to put systems in place to mitigate against its impact on you and will continue to let you know about those.
Any queries you have relating to your studies should be addressed to your Head of School. This is where accurate and up-to-date information about courses and programmes is held and the most appropriate place for queries and concerns to be dealt with.
Once we are in a position to determine the scale of the impact, we will develop a mechanism to support the consideration of any claim for compensation in a fair and equitable manner. See the recent letter from the Vice-Chancellor to Kent Union President, Ruth Wilkinson.
We are also aware that there are a number of students who incurred expenditure, such as travel costs, to attend a lecture or seminar which was then cancelled as a result of the industrial action. In the coming weeks, we will be introducing a system to allow them to submit a claim to have this money reimbursed, aside from any wider compensation scheme.
We will continue to talk with Kent Union to ensure we get things right, and staff across the University will continue support you in a range of ways to keep you on track.