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Industrial action

Industrial action

Some members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Sheffield Hallam plan to take part in industrial action from Monday 23 May 2022. This is part of an ongoing national dispute and is also taking place in other universities.

Our main objective during this time is to reduce the impact on you and your studies as far as possible.

The industrial action planned by UCU at this time takes the form of ‘action short of strike’.

UCU has not yet notified the University of its intention to take strike action. We will let you know if we are notified of the intention to undertake such action. Even if strikes do take place, we expect the majority of teaching to take place as planned.

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.

Boycott of activity related to assessment and marking called off

The University has now been notified by the University and College Union (UCU) that the proposed marking and assessment boycott due to begin on Monday 23 May has been called off and will now not be taking place.

It is important that you still submit any assessments due by the stated deadline (or the revised deadline if you have already been granted an extension).

If you are experiencing difficulties which affect your ability to complete your assessments on time, our package of assessment support remains available to you:

Assessment support

Additional support services

Hallam Help

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.

Hallam Help


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

Student wellbeing

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.

Student wellbeing support


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.

Contact us

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.

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