Industrial action - information for students

The University and College Union (UCU) is currently taking Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) in relation to national disputes over Pensions and Pay and Conditions.

These pages contain information on what this may mean for you and your studies, what support is available and how we are working to address the issues that UCU members have balloted over.

Industrial action dates:

  • From 1 December 2021 to no later than 3 May 2022: National ASOS           


The national ASOS (Action Short of a Strike) is taking the form of:

  • working to contracted hours and duties; 
  • not volunteering to do more; 
  • not covering for absent colleagues; 
  • not rescheduling missed classes; 
  • not providing materials relating to cancelled lectures.


The local marking and assessment boycott ended on Tuesday 5 April 2022.  

Marking and assessment of your work has been resumed as normal. Any marking that was not carried out due to the boycott will now be prioritised and we anticipate all of this will be completed by early May at the latest. 

Click here for the joint statement from the University and the UCU.  


What the ASOS means for you 

During the period of ASOS it is likely that those taking part will work only to their contracted hours and duties. See the list above for more detail.  

Find out more about industrial action and what is likely to happen

Read more on the background to the dispute

How we will support you 

It is a guiding principle of the University that no student will be put at a disadvantage, in terms of either progression or graduation, as a consequence of industrial action. We are here to support you throughout this period and we know how important it is that your studies continue as smoothly as possible. We will continue to update these pages with information as the situation unfolds.

We are also continuing our open and constructive dialogue with the Kent UCU branch. 

Find out more about support available at Kent

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