Industrial action

The University and College Union (UCU) is currently taking Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) in relation to national disputes over Pensions and Pay and Conditions.

Industrial action dates:

  • From 1 December 2021 to no later than 3 May 2022:  National ASOS   


The national ASOS is taking the form of:

  • working to contracted hours and duties; 
  • not volunteering to do more; 
  • not covering for absent colleagues; 
  • not rescheduling missed classes; 
  • not providing materials relating to cancelled lectures.


The local marking and assessment boycott ended on Tuesday 5 April 2022.  

Marking and assessment has been resumed as normal. Any marking that was not carried out due to the boycott will now be prioritised and we anticipate all of this will be completed by early May at the latest. 

Click here for the joint statement from the University and the UCU.


While national and local negotiations continue, we recognise the strength of feeling on the issues on the ground at Kent. We know that industrial action in the past has been unsettling for staff and students, no matter where they stand on the issues raised. We will continue to offer open and constructive dialogue with our local UCU representatives throughout, and we are determined to do all we can to minimise the impact of industrial action at Kent.  

These pages provide information about the national negotiations over pay and working conditions between UCU and UCEA, along with what we are doing at Kent to address any local concerns together. They also provide detailed information from HR to help support staff through the period of industrial action. 

For information about the status of negotiations over the proposed USS pension changes, visit our USS Pensions webpages.

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