In addition to the current marking and assessment boycott, the UCU has announced that its members at Sheffield Hallam will be asked to take part in 5 days of strike action on the following dates:
- Wednesday 31 May
- Thursday 1 June
- Friday 2 June
- Wednesday 7 June
- Thursday 8 June
As always, our main aim is to minimise the impact on you and your studies as far as we can. You can be assured that we are planning this carefully.
The University, libraries, helpdesks and other student services will all remain open as normal. If you are on campus, you can use University learning facilities, such as libraries and study spaces in the usual way.
Your timetable during strike action
Although we will make every effort to contact you about any changes to or cancellations of scheduled in-person teaching or online learning, we may not know about any changes until after the event. Please be aware that staff members are not obliged to tell the University in advance of their intention to participate in the strike.
We advise you to attend any scheduled sessions as normal unless you are informed otherwise.
If the member of staff scheduled to deliver your session does not arrive after 10 minutes of the planned start time, please assume that they will not attend because of industrial action. If you are on campus, you can use other University learning facilities. You will be advised by your Department as soon as possible about arrangements to make up for teaching or learning lost as a result of strike action.
Staff are not paid for the days on which they take strike action, and 100% of the pay withheld from staff who take action is moved to a special financial support fund to provide extra support for students.
You should continue to submit assessments as planned and by agreed deadlines.
There may be some delay to you receiving marks and summative feedback in some areas, and we’re doing all we can to make sure that disruption is minimised as far as possible.
Strikes in other sectors
On-going strike action in other sectors, such as transport, schools and healthcare, may affect the ability of staff and students to get to campus. You will receive additional advice from your Department about arrangements that will be put in place to deal with this potential additional disruption.
Additional support services
You can find the answers to frequently asked questions online or you can contact us directly via our live chat service, by phone, email or visiting us on campus at one of our help points.
Adsetts and Collegiate libraries are open 24/7 and can be used for independent study if teaching is cancelled as a result of the strike.
Skills Centre Advisers and Learning and Teaching Support Librarians are available to provide advice on your written work, referencing and other skills. Visit the library's skills pages.
The full range of digital services and resources are also available, including Reading Lists Online, Subject Guides, and Library Search to support your course and assessment work.
Information about the libraries
Student Support Adviser
Your Student Support Adviser can help and offer advice if you feel your ability to study is affected. You can talk to them about what other specialist services you can access across the University.
Book a Student Support Adviser appointment
If you are feeling anxious or concerned about the strikes and their impact on you and your study, Student Wellbeing can help. They provide information and advice to support you and help you manage your studies.
Cost of living
We know that many of our students and their families are being affected by the current cost of living, so we’ve put together a range of support to help.
The Multifaith Chaplaincy team provides spiritual and pastoral care, religious advice and guidance, whatever your religious affiliation.
Get in touch with the Chaplaincy
How does this affect my fees?
Your student fee covers a wide range of activities and services, including scheduled teaching sessions. We are committed to ensuring alternative arrangements for any lost learning opportunities. We hope it will not be necessary to compensate students. We will continue to keep this under review.
If you have questions or concerns you should continue to use the usual channels to academic staff and other services. You can also contact the Advice Centre at Hallam Students' Union, or speak to your lecturer, academic adviser or student support officer.