Update on UCU industrial action
The University and College Union (UCU) undertook a period of strike action during February and March 2018 as part of its opposition to proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). This is part of a national dispute affecting more than 60 UK universities. Unfortunately the dispute has not yet been resolved.
We have already given consideration to further steps that may be required if there is a second period of strike action next term.
Examinations will be going ahead and we will put arrangements in place to manage graduation and student progression. Please rest assured that we are working hard to do everything reasonable so that students are not disadvantaged academically as a result of strike action. Further information will be published here as soon as it is available.
Update: Friday 13 April 2018
University and College Union (UCU) members have voted to accept a revised proposal set out by UCU and Universities UK representatives, and UCU has confirmed that all further strike action is suspended.
The proposal went to an e-ballot of all UCU members, which closed at 2pm today (Friday 13 April).
This is a positive step towards establishing a long-term, sustainable solution to the pension dispute and as a result, the University does not anticipate any further strike action this term.
The proposal will see the formation of a jointly established panel of experts to review the basis of the scheme valuation. It was agreed in national negotiations that there will be a pause in discussions over USS benefit reform while the review is undertaken.
Mitigation measures relating to the previous strike action, such as the Impact of Strike Action on Academic Performance (ISoAP) process, still apply. Find out more about it ISoAP process and how/when to use it here.
Support for students
We understand that this will be a worrying time for many of our students. We have provided advice, information and updates through these webpages, the Me@Reading student portal, and through email and social media.
For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any further queries, please speak to your Personal Tutor, Support Centre, HBS Admin Desk, ISLI Admin Office or the Graduate School.
Impact of Strike Action onAcademic Performance (ISoAP) process
As a result of industrial action, Schools will be reviewing and adapting assessments to ensure that students are not unfairly impacted, wherever possible. If you feel that your academic performance has been affected by strike action, please read this page for further information, and complete a notification of impact form.
An ISoAP notification will only be accepted where there has been actual impact or disruption to assessment. We will not be considering notifications in relation to anticipated or possible future impact.
When to use an Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF)
If you feel you have been disadvantaged academically in an assessment due to the industrial action, we have set up a separate process called the Impact of Strike Action on Academic Performance, briefly outlined above.
We will only consider ECFs relating to the strikes where students can evidence a genuine and personal impact, e.g. an underlying anxiety condition that has been exacerbated by industrial action.
ECFs as a result of illness, trauma, unforeseen personal circumstances etc., unrelated to the industrial action, can continue to be submitted as normal. Find out more here.
Making a formal complaint
In relation to the strike action, please see the addendum to the complaints procedure which details the changes that the University will make when considering such matters. To fill in the formal complaints form, click here.
International students on a Tier 4 student visa
If you are on a Tier 4 student visa and worried that you might not be able to meet the required engagement points, please contact the Student Advisory Team. As long as you attend all engagement points when possible, your visa status will not be affected by the industrial action. If the industrial action does lead to some of your engagement points being cancelled, your School may put alternative engagement points in place.