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Industrial Action

Industrial Action

Industrial Action by Newcastle University Colleagues

We are pleased to be able to inform students that an agreement has been reached between the University and our local branch of UCU with regards to the ongoing dispute around pay and pensions.

This is excellent news and brings an end to the marking and assessment boycott at Newcastle and means the five days of strike action planned for late June will no longer go ahead. 

The University’s latest proposal was accepted by UCU members on Thursday 9 June and the final agreed proposal together with two joint statements to UCEA and USS are available for students to read on our internal website.  

We are in the process of updating our Industrial Action FAQs to reflect these latest developments.

Colleagues across the institution are now working hard to ensure that submitted assessments are marked and marks processed in-line with the advertised timeframes.  This is to enable final year students to graduate and receive their degree award and all other students to progress to the next stages of study.

If there are any cases where we do not have all marks returned in time for consideration by the Board of Examiners, the “no detriment” approach will be implemented where possible.  For more details of the “no detriment” approach and how it will be applied, please see our FAQ.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your School directly or email

Further information

Following feedback from our students, we are adopting a more school-centred approach to communication. Information on support and next steps following industrial action will come to you from your school via email and through Canvas communities. We hope that this approach will be more tailored and relevant, focused on your specific programme or subject of study.

Please continue to check your University emails and Canvas Communities for updates and or email with any questions you have.  You may also find the following useful:

 As always, we encourage feedback from students so please email to give us feedback on our approach to communication.

What happens next?

  • Further information for students on progress to resolve the dispute will be kept updated on this webpage.

  • We will do all we can to help you during any periods of industrial action to limit any impact on you.

  • Help us to help you – tell us what you need and if there is anything extra we can do to support you. Please contact us by emailing to send us your questions or to share any concerns you may have.

Support services available to students during the industrial action

Support services will continue to be available during the industrial action to provide help and guidance to students.