National Day of Action in public services

Issue date: 29 November 2011


What is going to happen?

All public sector trade unions have been balloting their members over national strike action on 30 November.

UNISON have balloted against proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme. UCU (University and College Union) have balloted against proposed changes to the Teachers Pension Scheme and Universities Superannuation Scheme.

How will this affect UWE?

UCU, ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers) and UNISON have called for national industrial action on Wednesday 30 November. 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 on 30 November?

We are expecting some schools, hospital and council 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 Unions will be picketing at the entrances to the campuses. You will be able to pass the picket line to enter the University.

Where necessary, lectures and other teaching activities, provided by those staff on strike, will be rescheduled or cancelled. Heads of Department are working to establish as clear a picture as possible about the classes that will be affected. We expect that many will go ahead as timetabled.

It is only classes where the lecturer is a member of the UCU that may be cancelled. All other classes should run as normal. If your class is being rescheduled, your lecturer will be in touch to confirm arrangements.

Where we have been notified that staff will be taking part in the strike action we will advise you about any changes to your timetabled activities. This will be through Blackboard, myUWE and the main reception digital displays.

Please check Blackboard and myUWE before travelling in on Wednesday 30 November.

Your Faculty reception desk and the Main Reception at Frenchay Campus will also be able to provide you with information where this is available. If you are unsure please do ask your Faculty Receptionist or Head of Department.

Opening times for libraries will be reduced and are as follows:

Frenchay Campus 08:30 – 17:00
All other campus libraries will open at their normal times but will close at 17:00


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.

Coursework submission

If your coursework deadline falls on Wednesday 30 November please still hand in your work by the deadline.

If you are required to attend scheduled assessments on Wednesday 30 November then you should attempt to undertake these as normal, unless you have been advised otherwise.

Please note, you will be able to cross the picket line and we encourage you to submit your coursework and attend assessments as scheduled.

If you feel you cannot cross the trade union picket line in order to submit your work or attend a scheduled assessment (e.g. exams, presentations etc...) you should complete an extenuating circumstances form. These should be submitted prior to the coursework deadline or assessment activity, or as soon as possible after. In these circumstances you should submit coursework no later than 24 hours after the published deadline. Your extenuating circumstances form for this coursework can be submitted at the same time.

This action taken by the Unions 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.

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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