Information on planned industrial action taking place at the University of Hull

We are conscious that many of our students are rightly concerned about information in the media and public domain regarding proposed industrial action being undertaken by university staff across the country. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with accurate information as it currently stands and to offer contact points in order to keep up to date.

While we respect the decision of some University staff to participate in this action, we are committed to ensuring continuity of teaching and services to our students during this time and to offer appropriate guidance and support.

 

Background

Staff working at universities across the country plan to take part in industrial action, starting later this month. This is part of a nationwide protest regarding proposed changes to a pension scheme offered to university staff across the country.

At this stage, we believe a number of staff members at the University of Hull will be involved. Please note that not all University of Hull staff will be taking part in industrial action. We will ask colleagues whether they intend taking part in industrial action, although they are not obliged to tell the University.

During the period of industrial action the University of Hull is open. We anticipate that many lectures and other academic activities will continue and that all main services, such as the library, and catering will be accessible.

We are taking steps to ensure you get the information and support you need for your studies, including exams and coursework.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The FAQs below will answer some of the questions you may have now and we will keep this information up to date over the period of industrial action.

If you have any other questions or concerns, we have set up a first point of contact run by the Ask HU team to make sure your enquiry is responded to with timely, accurate information.

Call 01482 464020 Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.

You can submit an enquiry here.

Or you can speak to someone at your Student Hub.

Faculty of Science and Engineering Student Hub
Location: 1st floor - Ferens Building
Email: science-hub@hull.ac.uk
Telephone: 01482 466340

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education Student Hub 
Location: 1st floor - Wilberforce Building
Email: face-hub@hull.ac.uk
Telephone: 01482 465020

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics Student Hub
Location: Nidd Building
Email: fblp-hub@hull.ac.uk
Telephone: 01482 463633 

Faculty of Health Sciences Student Hub
Location: Allam Medical Building
Email: FHS-Studenthub@hull.ac.uk
Telephone:  01482 463342

When will action take place

Industrial action is planned to take place on the following days:

22 and 23 February

26, 27 and 28 February

5, 6, 7 and 8 March

12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 March

University staff who are members of UCU Trade Union may choose to strike on some or all of the dates.

How do I know if my lecture is cancelled or not

As soon as we know that a lecture will be cancelled or postponed, we will update the University of Hull timetable which you can access here. Please refer to that as your central source of information and check before attending

If you feel there is information on there that is incorrect, please contact us  and we will investigate.

Not all University of Hull staff will be taking part in industrial action. In addition, we will ask University colleagues whether they intend taking part in industrial action, although they are not obliged to tell us.

My lecturer has already told me they will be taking part in industrial action, who can I speak to now

If your lecturers have already informed you that they will be taking part in industrial action, you will obviously have concerns about the impact this has on you.  We are taking steps to ensure any impact on our students is minimal.

We need to make sure you have all the accurate information and the support you need for your studies, so please contact us if this happens.

You should only rely on information received from your Student Hub or Ask HU (who are operating the dedicated enquiry line), other sources of information may not be accurate.

The University will look to deliver teaching where we can, so please don’t assume that your lectures will be cancelled unless advised in advanced.  

What about the teaching I’ve missed out on, will it be rescheduled

The University will take alternative steps to ensure continuity of teaching, which may include rescheduling or identifying alternative methods of delivery to cover the material in question.

What happens if topics included in the exam have been missed due to industrial action

The exam will cover what has been taught and the Exam Board will take any disruption to teaching into account. 

I am worried this is going to affect my grades, who can I speak to

Please make sure the University knows of your concerns, by submitting an enquiry  in the first instance or call 01482 464020, Mon-Fri, 10am – 4pm.

Alternatively, please contact your Student Hub.

Arriving on campus

When arriving on campus during periods of industrial action, you may need to pass by those taking part in a picket at the entrances to the University. It is understandable that you may feel apprehensive about crossing a picket line.  From communications with the relevant trade unions, we understand that the intention is for this to be a ‘peaceful picket’.

Peaceful picketing means that people involved in, or affected by, picketing activity can go about their business without being made to feel uncomfortable.   

Whilst entrances should not be blocked, there may be some congestion for vehicles turning into the University campus, so it may take you a little more time getting on campus. There may also be a level of noise and visual demonstration through the use of flags and banners.

Please be assured colleagues have committed to a peaceful protest. However, if you do feel uncomfortable with this, please contact us  in the first instance instance or call us on 01482 464020, Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm.

I still have questions or concerns, who can I speak to

If you have any other questions or concerns, we have set up a first point of contact run by the Ask HU team to make sure your enquiry is responded to with timely, accurate information.

You can submit an enquiry here.

Or call us on: 01482 464020, Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm.

Alternatively, please contact your Student Hub.