University will be open as usual on Thursday 10 May - National Day of Action in public services

Issue date: 04 May 2012

What is going to happen?

UCU (University and College Union) have voted to take strike action on Thursday 10 May alongside other unions against changes to pensions schemes.

How will this affect UWE?

UCU have called for national industrial action on Thursday 10 May. This means that UCU have asked all academic staff who are members of the UCU at UWE not to take part in any University activity on that day. Not all academic staff members are members of UCU.

What public services in the local area will be affected ?

We are expecting some public services to be disrupted. We are not expecting any disruption to the Wessex/UWE bus services and other local bus services.

The University will be open

It is likely that members of the Union will be picketing at the entrances to the campuses. You will be able to pass the picket line to enter the University.

The Library at Frenchay will be open 24 hours as usual. All other campus libraries will open at their normal times.

Beyond this the University will be operating as normal. Facilities such as the Careers, Student Advice and Welfare Services, and others will be open as normal.

This action taken by the Union is unfortunately outside our control given the national nature of the action, but we hope to keep as many of our services open and minimise any disruption to your studies.

Exams and assessments will be running as planned

UCU and the University are keen to ensure exams and assessments continue as normal and that students aren't disrupted and delayed in attending. Please do leave plenty of time to get to your exams.

Any updates will be through Blackboard, myUWE and the main reception digital displays.

Information points across the University will also be able to provide you with updates.

Placement students

You should go into your placements as normal and contact your Head of Department if you experience any problems.

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