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Strikes are coming

As your Students' Union part of the way we support you is to give you a heads up on things that could affect your studies and show how we can support you - this is one of those moments.

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UCU Strike Action – What you need to know!

Members of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) will be taking part in a series of strikes between Monday 14th February and Wednesday 2nd March. You can read more about the reasons for the strike here. The dates of the strikes are as follows:

  • Monday 14th – Friday 18th February
  • Monday 21st – Tuesday 22nd February
  • Monday 28th – Wednesday 2nd March

This could affect you as a large number of staff at the University are members of this Union. This means that some of your timetabled classes and lectures might not go ahead as planned.

In the past some lecturers have informed their students of their intention to strike but they aren’t obliged to do that.  

The University are putting in place some measures to mimimise disruption for students during the strike period.

This includes:

Suspending attendance monitoring. Whether you are a U.K or international student your attendance won’t be monitored at this time. If you attend a lecture that goes ahead you can still tap in but if you decide not to attend, then your attendance will remain unaffected.

If you are concerned about getting academic support for things like dissertations or assignments your first point of contact should be your home department. If you feel like you are not getting the support you need just email the SU Education Team sureps@essex.ac.uk and we will get back to you within 24 hours Monday to Friday to help you get the support you need.

 Your department should remove any content that has not been taught as a result of strike action from any upcoming assessments or exams. The University also has a no detriment policy in place to support students at times like these. If you do feel like your performance has been affected by the strikes, you should definitely put in an extenuating circumstances form. Our SU Advice team can support you with this. Just email suadvice@essex.ac.uk

Your SU is here for you

Throughout the strike period we will be making sure students are given the support they need. Everyday, between 11am-1pm, The SU Education Team will be based just outside the new Greenhouse Café to answer strike related questions and signpost you to the appropriate channels. We will also be hosting rolling strike Q and A’s across campus throughout the strike period.

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