VP Education Kate Roberts is back with more important updates about the upcoming strike action being taken by The University and College Union (UCU), and what is being done to support your education.
As a Students’ Union, it is our responsibility to act in the interests of our membership, so we are working hard to mitigate any negative effects on your educational experience as a result of the current UCU strikes.
Since our last update the University have made the decision to move back the start of third-year undergraduate exams, stating that:
“In order to provide additional revision time and the opportunity for schools and departments to offer additional exam preparation activities, we have taken the decision to move the start date of final year undergraduate examinations from Tuesday 28 April to Monday 4 May.
“There is no change to the start date of examinations for first and second-year undergraduates or postgraduates, these will begin on Tuesday 28 April. The examination period will end by Friday 29 May as planned.”
If you have any further questions about this change, please contact your School Office or Head of Department.
We are working to support your education in a number of ways;
Read the letter
Please get in touch if you would like a Sabbatical Officer to accompany and support you any of these drop-in sessions.
The times and dates are as follows:
You can also attend a drop-in session held by your School to raise any specific concerns you have, the times and locations for these can be found here.
We are continuing to encourage progress on the issues of the strike, relating to pensions and pay, equality and working conditions. You can find out more information on these issues here in our FAQs.
There are a number of avenues you can take if you have concerns about the impact of the strike on your education:
If you incur any unnecessary expenses due to the strike action you can apply to the Industrial Action Hardship Fund, you will need evidence to support your application so make sure you keep any receipts for expenses you incur.
For example, these expenses could be travel expenses, car parking or childcare. The application form for reimbursement from the fund can be found here.
You will need to send the completed form to your academic department and they will complete their sections and send it to student finance. You will then be paid directly into your bank account within a few weeks. If you would like guidance in applying to the fund, again please contact our Advice Centre.
If you have any further questions please look at both our FAQs and the University’s FAQs for more information or get in touch with me by emailing email@example.com.
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