We are committed to continuing to work in partnership with our local trades’ unions and hope that any dispute can be settled quickly.
We will do everything reasonably possible to minimise disruption to teaching and learning and ensure that students are not materially disadvantaged as a result of strike action.
UCU strike action 2020
The University and College Union (UCU) is holding a second round of national strike action over the next couple of months:
- Week 1: Thursday 20 and Friday 21
- Week 2: Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26
- Week 3: Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5
- Week 4: Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13
We expect the majority of teaching in most of our schools to go ahead as usual and the university will be operating as normal.
Where this is not the case, our immediate priority is to minimise any disruption and to ensure that students are not disadvantaged in terms of assessment and examination outcomes.
We have published a series of frequently asked questions to help inform students and their families and supporters about the background to the dispute and the steps being taken by the university.
All students should check their personalised timetable on a daily basis to check for any cancelled teaching sessions.
Any student who feels that they have been materially disadvantaged should use our complaints resolution procedure (pdf) and can seek support in doing so from Brighton Students’ Union by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The action called at the University of Brighton is in relation to a national dispute about pay, job security, equality and academic workloads across the Higher Education sector.
Here at the University of Brighton:
- The pay award, worth up to 3.5% to staff in the lowest grades, has already been paid to colleagues
- Around 95% of our teaching staff are already on permanent contracts
- Hourly paid lecturers account for just 1.5% of our salary bill
- The gender pay gap for teaching staff at the university was reduced to just 2% last year
- We already have an agreed process in place to manage academic workloads and this is delivering year-on-year reductions.