This preferendum was called by the Officer Group for students at Royal Holloway to collectively decide the Students’ Union’s position on the upcoming UCU industrial action.
The preferendum closed today at 4pm with 800 eligible student votes counted. The preferendum was conducted via alternative vote allowing you to rank your preference, and the results were as follows:
a. To support the UCU’s strike action and its stance in its entirety - 560 votes (70%)
b. To support the UCU’s stance regarding ‘action short of strike’, but reject the decision for wholescale strikes - 80 votes (10%)
c. To support the UCU’s stance, but reject any form of industrial action and ask all parties to convene further talks to establish a mutually agreeable way forward - 113 votes (14.1%)
d. To reject industrial action and oppose the UCU’s stance in its entirety - 47 votes (5.9%)
Option 'a' reached quorum in round one; therefore the Students’ Union will be adopting option 'a' and supporting the UCU's strike action and its stance in its entirety.
We will be releasing a blog next week announcing more details on the actions we will be taking as a Students’ Union.
As a Students’ Union, it is our responsibility to act in the interests of our membership, you – the students. In addition to the actions to support the UCU’s strike action and stance outlined above, we are also working to mitigate any negative effects to your experience.
Read our UCU Strikes FAQs
If you would like any more advice and support relating to the strike action please contact our Advice Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any specific questions relating to the strike you can ask at your school helpdesk or contact the University on email@example.com.
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