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Letter to students from the Vice-Chancellor

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Dear Students

As you will already be aware, members of the University and College Union are currently taking strike action in a dispute about pay, pensions and workload management. As Vice-Chancellor, I am keenly aware that this action has a direct impact on you.

It’s particularly disappointing that this action comes after a notable success for Sheffield Hallam, named University of the Year for Teaching Quality by the Sunday Times. This success depends on the commitment and professionalism of our staff, of whom I am very proud.

I regret the vote in favour of industrial action, whilst recognising the right of staff to take such action. Strike action is difficult for everyone. The University’s two main priorities are to try to resolve the dispute and to ensure that we mitigate the impact of this strike on students. We have indicated to UCU that we are ready to meet at any time to resolve the local dispute.

I know you are concerned about missing work and teaching during the strike. We will ensure you don't miss essential work for your course and are putting in place alternative learning opportunities for those of you affected. I encourage you to keep reviewing the Industrial Action frequently asked questions on MyHallam; we are updating these regularly. If your question is not answered here please contact us on

This is a fabulous University, and it is a privilege to lead it. The University is keen to address the concerns which academic staff members have, so that we are able to continue to offer an outstanding student experience.

With best wishes,

Chris Husbands

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