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Industrial Action

Industrial Action

Industrial Action by Newcastle University Colleagues

In April 2022, the University and College Union (UCU) balloted members on further industrial action in relation to the disputes around pensions and pay.

Newcastle was one of 35 institutions where this vote was passed.

On Friday 6 May, the University was informed by the UCU of their plan to take further industrial action. This will be in the form of action short of a strike, including a marking boycott and will start on Monday 23 May, coinciding with the University’s assessment period.   

We want to assure you that we will be doing everything possible to mitigate the impact of this industrial action. For those of you in your final year, we will ensure you all graduate this summer on schedule.

Many of you will not be affected by this action. It is very important that you all continue to prepare for your assessments and/or examinations as planned, and that you submit work and sit examinations as usual.

The University is introducing a “no detriment” approach to ensure students whose assessments are impacted by this action can progress to the next stage of their programme, or graduate, with the reassurance that their academic results will not have been seriously affected by industrial action.  

You can find out more about the “no detriment” approach in our Industrial Action FAQs

Your school will continue to keep you updated as we receive more news, and we will also be updating the information this on webpage as further information is received.

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 use our enquiry form for any questions you have.  You may also find the following useful:

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

What happens next?

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.