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Strike Action Update

Who are UCU and why are they striking? 

The University and College Union (UCU) represents over 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK. UCU Coventry branch members have voted to strike on the grounds of their opposition to the staff reward and pay process, known as CORE/Clear review. UCU Coventry branch says that the new system forces staff to jump through unnecessary hoops to achieve the annual pay award. 

When will the strike action take place? 

Strike action begins on Thursday 21st November and is the first of five strike days. The dates are as follows… 

  • 21st November 

  • 26th November  

  • 29th November 

  • 3rd & 4th December 

UCU members will begin action short of a strike on Thursday 5 December following the strikes. This includes; 

  • A boycott of the CORE Performance and Appraisal System  

  • A boycott of assessment of student coursework and examinations  

What is CUSU doing to support students during this period? 

CUSU has been in contact with UCU Coventry branch to understand the stance of UCU members of Coventry University. 

CUSU has also been in contact with the University, and will continue to communicate with both parties in order to relay the concerns of students relating to the impact of the strike on teaching hours, assessment and feedback etc. 

FAQ’s 

Will a list of cancelled classes be made available to students? 

Striking staff members do not need to notify the University that they are striking. The University therefore cannot know which members of staff will be striking until it happens, so it not possible to provide a list of cancelled classes. Striking staff members may choose to communicate with students that they are striking. Please check your emails regularly for updates. 

Should I still attend my scheduled lectures? 

The University encourages students to attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops etc. as normal. They have released the following information on Moodle

“We are committed to working collaboratively as a university to minimise disruption to everyone affected and will continue to engage in an open, honest and transparent dialogue with Coventry UCU. 

Over the next few days and weeks, there will be further information on what the university is seeking to put in place to ensure teaching continuity and a continued positive student experience for all students during this period.”  

Please check your emails and Moodle regularly for further updates. 

My studies are impacted by the strike, what can I do? 

If you feel your education has been, or will be, significantly impacted by the strike action, please contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre, based in the Hub or email suadvice@coventry.ac.uk  

I want to support the UCU strike, how can I do this? 

Students wishing to support UCU can make a choice not to cross the picket lines. These will be boundaries set up by striking staff on campus, UCU members will be on picket lines outside the university's main entrances on Gosford Street from 8am on Thursday, before heading to a rally outside the Graham Sutherland Building at 10am. You can decide to study in a public library, at home or café instead.