The University of Manchester Students’ Union and the University’s joint statement on UCU Strikes.
The University of Manchester Students’ Union Exec Team and the University of Manchester Senior Leadership team hold regular meetings to ensure the voices of students are heard consistently around a whole range of issues. Recent discussions have been focused on the forthcoming UCU industrial action.
While the University and the Students’ Union do not agree on every aspect of the current situation, we stand together in our determination to ensure that the impact on current students is minimised. Many students will never have experienced industrial action, and so clear communication is important throughout this period of uncertainty, hence this joint communication. We will continue to discuss the impacts of prolonged industrial action to make sure that students’ voices and opinions are heard at the highest level of the University and treated with the urgency they require. We will provide further updates on those discussions to keep communication and our stances clear, and will continue to work together wherever possible.
The Students’ Union and the University have confirmed the following principles for the upcoming strike action from Monday 25th November to 4th December 2019:
We want to assure you of our commitment to ensuring that students are not unfairly disadvantaged by the strike action. If any student remains dissatisfied, there are established appeal and complaint procedures that your school or the Students’ Union advice centre can advise you on. Model documents for this are available on the Students’ Union website, and there are also FAQs which will continue to be updated on MyManchester.
Kwame Kwarteng Professor April McMahon
General Secretary Vice President (Teaching, Learning & Students)
University of Manchester Students’ Union University of Manchester