Industrial action - information for students

The University and College Union currently has a continued mandate for national industrial action from last year.

UCU recently announced that some universities will be taking strike days from Monday 25 - Friday 29 September. Please note this is now not taking place at Kent so your lectures and seminars for Week 1 will be going ahead as planned.

Background to the strikes

The University and College Union is the largest teaching union at universities across the country. After a recent ballot of their members, they are taking industrial action over concerns around pay, pensions and working conditions. 

This is a country-wide dispute shaped by decisions around pay and pensions taken at national level - this means that as an individual institution, we have limited influence over the issues under dispute.

That said, all of us want to work in a sector where staff are well-rewarded for their hard work and we want to do all we can to have a positive working environment for all.

Read more on what we are doing at Kent 

Our commitment to you throughout

Whatever happens, we will do all we can to ensure you have the best possible experience at Kent:

  • We will do all we can to mitigate any impact on your studies 
  • We will never devalue your degree or coursework 
  • We will refund you for any direct expenses you incur as a result of industrial action 
  • Any staff salaries saved as a result of strike days will be reinvested in your student experience 
  • We will be open and transparent with you throughout  

Read more on support available 

If you have any questions regarding industrial action, you can email

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