Industrial Action: Information for Students

Dear Students,

I am writing to update you that, following a recent ballot of members, the UCU trade union has now informed the University of the 18 days it intends to take strike action, beginning on 1 February.

The full dates of strike action are: 

  • Week 1 - Wednesday 1 February  
  • Week 2 - Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February 
  • Week 3 - Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February 
  • Week 4 - Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February 
  • Week 5 - Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February and Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March 
  • [No action week commencing Monday 6 March] 
  • Week 6 - Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March 
  • Week 7 - Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March

This is a national strike, meaning that it affects all UK universities, and it is being held in relation to issues of pay, pensions and working conditions.

While any strike action may have an impact on our operations, please be aware that most members of staff will not take industrial action and our campuses will remain open. You should therefore plan to attend classes and supervisions as normal, unless specifically advised not to do so by your School. Social and sports facilities will also remain open.

We want to ensure that all students are treated fairly and that no-one is disadvantaged by any changes to teaching arrangements.

The University continues to work with national bodies, the campus trade unions and the SRC; we aim to keep any disruption to a minimum and will keep you updated throughout.

With best wishes,

Martin Hendry
Clerk of Senate and Vice Principal

About industrial action

Why is the industrial action happening?

The UCU is striking in relation to issues of pay, pensions and working conditions.

Will the University campus be open during the industrial action?

Yes, the campus – including, we expect, all learning, social and sports facilities – will remain open throughout the strike. On strike days there may be a picket line at one or more of the entrances, but students and staff will not be prevented from freely entering and leaving the campuses. 

Should I still attend University during the industrial action?

You will be expected to attend classes and supervisions as normal unless specifically advised not to do so by your School.

What will it look and feel like on campus?

Some staff on strike may form a picket line by standing outside university buildings and explaining to people why they are on strike. They aim to persuade fellow union members not to cross the picket line so that as many members as possible take strike action. 

Anyone wishing to cross a picket line must be allowed to do so, and pickets should be carried out peacefully, without blocking entrances.

Teaching and Assessment

Should I submit a good cause claim if I am affected by strike action?

Good cause claims relate to adverse circumstances that impact on your ability to complete your assessment. It is not anticipated that the strike action would result in such claims because you will not be assessed on any material that has not been adequately covered. Staff will make an academic judgement as to whether adequate learning opportunities have been provided, by means of taught classes or alternative learning opportunities, such as directed study, Moodle materials, use of annotated reading lists etc. 

Good cause does remain available in line with the University regulations. For more information see the Good Cause FAQs. 

I am an international student on a Tier 4 visa, will the industrial action affect my attendance?

No. If necessary, Schools will have alternative arrangements in place to note students’ engagement with their studies.

If you have any questions, contact your School. 

Tuition Fees and Finance

Can I claim financial compensation because of the impact the idustrial action has on me?

We are confident that the industrial action will not prevent you from completing the academic year on time, and so we do not propose to offer compensation. 

Further Information

Who can I contact for help and advice?

If you have any further questions about the industrial action, you can get help with the UofG Helpdesk.

Can I still email my lecturer/supervisor/other teaching staff?

Yes, but there may be a delayed response if the person you are contacting is on strike. If you need urgent advice please also contact your School administration team. 

How can I make a complaint about the industrial action?

Any complaints about the industrial action should be addressed to complaints@glasgow.ac.uk.

Further information on the complaints process is available at: glasgow.ac.uk/connect/complaints.