UCU industrial action - student information
Members of the University and College Union (UCU), which represents academic and some professional service staff, took strike action in the Spring Term over proposed changes to their pension scheme. Since the end of the strike action, members of the UCU voted to accept the proposal for a Joint Expert Panel on the USS valuation and suspended further action.
Our primary focus has been on ensuring that, despite the action, our students should be able to progress academically and graduate without compromising academic standards. Across the University, staff have worked hard to put all the necessary systems in place to mitigate the impact of the action on all affected modules.
As you may now have heard from your Head of School, we have completed a comprehensive University-wide process to collect and assess information on the impact of the industrial action and provided detailed reports for the Boards of Examiners. They will make sure that the academic progress of all students is assessed fairly and equitably so that neither marks nor academic progress will be adversely affected by the action.
We are confident that once the Boards of Examiners have met, the impact of the action on student marks, academic progress and degree classification will have been fully mitigated.
If you feel that there are particular circumstances that have affected you that have not been appropriately taken into account by our mitigation, Kent Union are providing an advice and support service. Further information is available on their website - http://www.kentunion.co.uk/strike.
There is no doubt that the industrial action was an unsettling and difficult time for all of our students and staff. Your feedback, both directly to the University and through Kent Union, has shown that many of you have experienced unexpected levels of uncertainty and inconvenience. Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and co-operation over the last few months.