UCU industrial action - information for students

 Announcement Industrial action will now only take place on Wednesday 27 September - further information below.

Updated: 22 September 2023

There continues to be a national dispute over higher education pensions, pay and working conditions.

The University and College Union (UCU), which represents many academics, lecturers and other staff at universities across the UK, has announced that further strike action will take place at 52 universities, including Oxford Brookes, in the week commencing Monday 25 September. Industrial action previously due to take place at Brookes over five days during that week will now only take place on one day - Wednesday 27 September.

We expect this one day of industrial action to have very limited impact. The vast majority of students will notice little or no disruption.

The University would like to reassure all students that we will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption to your ongoing teaching, learning and assessment. In addition, the University has a number of mechanisms available to ensure your academic progress is not negatively impacted.

Students should come to campus to attend your teaching sessions as scheduled in your timetable unless you receive either an email to your Brookes inbox or an announcement to your module Moodle page from your programme team telling you that you will be affected by strike action. Please note that staff who take strike action are not required to inform the University in advance, and therefore you may not receive messages from your programme team until shortly before your scheduled teaching session. We recognise this is frustrating, and we apologise for any inconvenience this causes you. We are investigating how we can mitigate the impact when teaching sessions are not delivered.

Where possible, we are planning to cover as many affected sessions as we can. Students may therefore receive email messages letting them know their session is going ahead with a different member of staff, even if their lecturer has let them know they are taking part in strike action on Wednesday. Where sessions cannot be covered on the strike day, we will look at other mitigation measures if the teaching is not made up during the module.

If you have any immediate concerns about your situation and what to do, then please talk to your Academic Adviser or Student Support Coordinator. New students arriving on campus can contact the Student Induction Team if they have any immediate concerns about their situation and what to do.

Earlier in September, UCU announced an end to the recent marking and assessment boycott. However, UCU has not called an end to the dispute and it is possible that a further marking and assessment boycott, and additional strike dates, will be announced later on in the academic year.

We will continue to keep students updated on any further announcements.

Watch a video answering questions on assessment mitigations (added 17 July 2023)

On 17 July 2023, a video was published on this webpage which features Gina Dalton, Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education, and John Kirk, Academic Registrar, discussing industrial action assessment mitigations at Oxford Brookes. The 11 minute video, recorded via Zoom, answers some of the frequently asked questions received from students and can be watched in full on the right hand side of this webpage. You can also click on the following links to go straight to a specific section of the video:

Further information on the support and guidance available to students can be found on this webpage.

Marking and assessment boycott questions

General industrial action questions