Industrial action - advice for students

The following email advising students of the University's arrangements for Wednesday 30 November was sent out on Friday 25 November.

Dear student,

As you may know, the trade union representing academic staff, the University and College Union (UCU) has asked its members to take national strike action on Wednesday 30 November, in support of UCU's campaign against the changes that have already been made to the USS Pension Scheme.

We will do all that we can to minimise any disruption the strikes may cause to your studies:

- Our expectation is that many lectures and classes will proceed as normal, but that others will be cancelled or postponed.

- You should assume that your lectures, classes and seminars are taking place as normal unless you are notified to the contrary by your school or the member of staff concerned.  If you are prevented from attending by extraordinary childcare or carer commitments, you should inform your school accordingly*.

- Otherwise, students who do not attend teaching events which do take place will be marked as 'absent' in the usual way.

- Although there might be some disruption of the services they provide, libraries are expected to be open on the day of the strike, and IT facilities are expected to be operational.  We do not expect catering or sporting facilities to be affected by the action.

- It is possible that some schools and their staff will in due course re-offer sessions missed because of strike action, but this might not happen. All heads of schools are being asked to ensure that missed lectures and classes are taken into account as appropriate in the assessment of coursework and examination papers.

If you have any concerns or queries please don't hesitate to contact me directly at

Leeds University Union is offering advice to students who have any questions about the industrial action. The Student Advice Centre can be contacted for specialist academic advice on or 0113 380 1290. If you are generally concerned about the impact of industrial action, please contact Mark Sewards your Communications & Internal Affairs Officer, at

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely, 

Vivien Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Education)

* The University's own childcare facility, Bright Beginnings, may still have some play scheme places available on the day

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