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Industrial action

Industrial action

Strike action, 1-3 December

Some members of the University and College Union (UCU) have voted to take part in a national strike, from Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 December. They are striking as part of a national dispute, and strike action is taking place at universities across the country.

We understand that this might cause concern or anxiety. Our priority is to reduce the impact on you as much as possible.

Will the University remain open?

The University, its library, helpdesks, catering and other student services will remain open as normal. You may notice staff who are taking strike action demonstrating near to buildings.

How will teaching be affected?

You should attend your classes as normal, unless you hear otherwise. Much of your teaching and timetable is likely to be unaffected.

Although we will make every effort to contact you about any changes or cancellations to scheduled in-person teaching or online learning, we may not know about any cancellations until after the event. Please be aware that staff members are not obliged to tell the University in advance of their intention to strike.

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 the Hardship Fund to provide more support for students.

How will assessments be affected?

You should assume that any assessment deadlines already set will remain in place. You will be informed in good time if there are any deadline changes.

We will ensure that you are not disadvantaged in any assessment activity. Hand-in dates and deadlines may be extended if these are affected by any cancelled teaching.

We will make every effort to ensure that feedback is returned as normal. However, it is possible that some feedback may be subject to a delay. We will do our best to keep you informed if this is the case.

What support services are available?

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

Libraries

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

Chaplaincy

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. The University’s Student Support Services can offer wellbeing and other support; 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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