The University has released the following information regarding the upcoming UCU strike action:
"On Monday 3rd February the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) announced strike action at 74 universities over 14 dates in February and March 2020 in relation to the ongoing dispute over pensions, pay and working conditions.
At Keele, the UCU achieved a mandate for strike action in relation to the USS pension scheme, but did not achieve a mandate to strike over pay and working conditions. The dates for the planned industrial action are as follows:
Week 1 - Thursday 20th, Friday 21st February
Week 2 - Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, and Wednesday 26th February
Week 3 - Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th, and Thursday 5th March
Week 4 - Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, Friday 13th March
It is likely that some members of staff across the university will be taking part in strike action, which may have an impact on your lectures and classes.
The dispute over the USS pensions scheme has been ongoing since 2018, and is a hugely complex issue. The USS dispute is a national dispute between pensions provider USS and UUK, the sector’s negotiating body on behalf of universities, and UCU. The university cannot directly influence the discussions over pensions, however, we call on both UCU and UUK to return to negotiations as soon as possible in order to come to an agreement that all sides are comfortable with.
Our priority is to minimise the impact on your studies throughout this period, and will ask all staff who are striking to a) declare they will be taking strike action to the university, b) ensure that lost teaching opportunities are made up, and c) that where teaching opportunities are not made up, that exams and assessment material do not include subjects where teaching was missed.
A series of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the industrial action are available on the website. If you have any specific concerns regarding your studies, you are encouraged to contact your School for information and advice. If you feel like you need further support you can contact Student Services.
Alternatively, the Advice and Support at Keele (ASK) service in KeeleSU can provide you with independent advice and guidance."