UPDATE: Industrial action in March

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The University of Liverpool is among 150 universities across the country that is expected to experience national industrial action by members of the University & College Union (UCU) in March.

As a result of constructive progress in negotiations between the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), Universities UK (UUK) and UCU, seven dates of strike action which had been due to take place across the last two weeks in February were called off. National discussions are continuing to try to resolve the dispute but the remaining five days of strike action scheduled for March are expected to go ahead on 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st & 22nd March.

UCU has also notified universities across the UK of one additional day of strike action which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 15th March.

The University will remain open throughout the industrial action and the vast majority of teaching and learning will proceed as usual. For most students there will be little or no disruption and you should assume that your lectures, seminars and classes will take place unless notified otherwise.

Some areas of the University may experience higher levels of engagement in strike action than others and we have published FAQs to help you understand what this means and how we will minimise the impact on your studies, if you are in an affected area.

Key points

  • Please check your University email as well as our Industrial Action web hub and Student News site for regular updates.
  • Please assume your lectures, seminars, classes and supervision will take place, unless told otherwise. Staff members do not have to inform the University in advance that they will be on strike but we hope that many will continue to keep you directly informed.
  • Some of the dates of planned industrial action at UK universities coincides with strike action in other sectors, including schools and rail travel. If you are experiencing issues attending campus for your teaching sessions as a result of this wider disruption, please speak to your Academic Advisor who will be able to advise you on next steps.
  • Our libraries, computer rooms, and services will be available throughout to enable ongoing support for your studies.
  • If you are on campus during the strike action you may see some staff picketing at the entrance to some buildings. We have provided some detail about pickets and what to expect on our dedicated FAQs page.

If your area of study is one which might be impacted by industrial action, your school will continue to write to you with more detailed information where needed. Deadlines which are significantly impacted by industrial action will be extended and we will ensure that assessments reflect the learning that has taken place. A number of assessment support measures have been put into place which are detailed on our industrial action FAQs page.

Thank you for your support and patience during this period of national industrial action. If your area is affected, we will continue to work to ensure you have all the detail you need to continue successfully with your studies.