Industrial action

The University and College Union (UCU) has announced three days of national strike action on the 24, 25 and 30 November. This is taking place at all universities across the UK and is over national issues around pay, pensions and working conditions.

Negotiations regarding the strikes take place nationally, which means we have limited influence over decisions taken on the issues under dispute. We also aren't the only sector facing these challenges at what is a tough time for all of us.

We all want to work in a sector where staff are well rewarded for their hard work, but the same cost of living squeeze felt by people across the country also has an impact on our university finances too. Our hope is that through ongoing discussion an agreement can be reached that suits all parties and prevents unwelcome disruption to students.

What industrial action is currently planned?

While negotiations continue, UCU has announced strike days on the 24, 25 and 30 November. Alongside this, a period of 'Action Short of a Strike' starts on 23 November - this includes things like working to contract but at this stage does not include a marking and assessment boycott of the kind we saw at Kent last year.

Find out more about planned industrial action

What will this mean for students?

The impact of industrial action can vary and is likely to be different in different areas; not all staff are UCU members and not all members take part in action. However, some lectures or classes on strikes days are likely to be cancelled and our priority will be doing all we can to mitigate the impact on students.

We will be communicating with students regularly throughout, including setting out our principles in how we respond to industrial action.

Find out more on how we are supporting students 

What are we doing about it at Kent?

While negotiations take place nationally, the issues being discussed are important and by working together we have made progress in a number of areas locally. 

This includes strengthening the work we have done to reduce the use of casual contracts at Kent, a 10% increase in the annual stipend for PHD scholarships, and a commitment to no compulsory redundancies as a result of current reviews underway at the University.

Find out more on pay, pensions and working conditions


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