Update on industrial action at the University of Hull

We are conscious that many of our students are concerned about the impact that the recent industrial action undertaken by university staff across the country may have on your studies.

We remain fully committed to making sure you meet your learning outcomes and 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. 

Background

Staff working at universities across the country took part in industrial action as part of a nationwide protest regarding proposed changes to a pension scheme offered to university staff nationally. This included a number of University of Hull staff.

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.

We appreciate this may be a challenging period for you. If you would like to talk through any concerns you have, please get in touch with colleagues 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

What happens following the last period of industrial action?

The most recent period of strike action taken by some University staff across the country, in regards to the nationally proposed changes to USS pensions, ended on 16 March.

The University and College Union (UCU) members recently voted to establish a Joint Expert Panel with UUK in relation to the USS pensions and therefore have suspended any further strike action, preventing any further disruption to students during the exams and assessment period.

Will the University be assessing the impact on students?

A thorough assessment of any impact by module of study has been undertaken, along with assessing what steps already have, or are being taken, to ensure you meet your learning outcomes. 

A clear mitigation statement for each module affected by the period of industrial action has now been uploaded to Canvas. These cover a variety of measures to help ensure that you meet your learning outcomes.

What happens if my assessments are now closer together?

We appreciate that due to extensions being granted in some modules, some students’ assessments may be closer together than normal.

We have taken this into account when granting extensions, and have aimed to stagger assessments as much as possible.

Exam Boards will take any disruption to the scheduling of assessments into account when considering assessment outcomes.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please contact your Academic Support Tutor or Module leader.

Do I need to submit an extension request or a mitigating circumstance application for this period?

You do not need to submit extension requests or mitigating circumstances applications based on unmitigated missed teaching that is due to industrial action. If you feel the industrial action has had an impact on your learning in another way that we may not be aware of, such as project supervision not taking place, then please follow the normal procedure for extension requests and mitigating circumstances.

 

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

The mitigation statements will enable us to understand what has been taught for each module. Assessments will only cover what has been taught and Exam Boards will take any disruption to teaching and the scheduling of assessments into account when considering assessment outcomes. 

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 contacting 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

Could the dates of the graduation change?

There will be no changes to the dates of our graduation ceremonies. The ceremonies will take place as planned throughout the week commencing 9 July 2018. 

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

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