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Industrial action

Industrial action

We can now confirm that the University and College Union (UCU) has announced that its members at Sheffield Hallam will be asked to take part in 18 days of strike action on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 1 February
  • Thursday 9 February and Friday 10 February
  • Tuesday 14 February to Thursday 16 February
  • Tuesday 21 February to Thursday 23 February
  • Monday 27 February to Thursday 2 March
  • Thursday 16 March and Friday 17 March
  • Monday 20 March to Wednesday 22 March

This is part of an ongoing national dispute affecting 150 other universities. Our main objective during this time will be to do everything possible to reduce the impact on you and your studies.

University facilities

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.

Marking of assignments will continue during this period, but there may be a delay in receiving back your marks if they are due to be returned to you during the period when strike action is taking place. 

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.

Submitting assessments

Marking of assignments will continue during this period, but there may be a delay in receiving back your marks if they are due to be returned to you during the period when strike action is taking place.

Strikes in other sectors

On some of the days listed above, including Wednesday 1 February, unions in other sectors, such as transport, schools and healthcare, will be taking action. This 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

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

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.

Cost of living 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. You can also contact the Advice Centre at Hallam Students' Union, or speak to your lecturer, academic adviser or student support officer.