INDUSTRIAL ACTION Q&A FOR STUDENTS
You may have read recent media reports regarding national negotiations involving universities and trade unions. Earlier this month, the EIS union announced a programme of industrial action for university lecturers in five institutions across Scotland, including UWS.
The industrial action includes five days of industrial action at UWS, scheduled on Thursday 20 and Tuesday 25 February; and Monday 2, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 March.
Yes, the University will remain open and we’re doing all we can to minimise disruption to learning and teaching.
During the industrial action, you should work on the basis that your studies will continue as normal, unless you are told otherwise. If any of your scheduled teaching time is cancelled, you should use available course resources on Moodle, which will provide you with your module(s) reading lists, learning resources and lecture notes. If your module(s) are cancelled, we will do everything to minimise disruption towards your learning experience, with module materials and learning resources available via each individual module Moodle site.
Yes: providing your class is not cancelled and running as scheduled, attendance will be recorded.
No: the UK Government has specified that cancellation of classes will not impact on visa requirements.
You should aim to attend scheduled teaching, complete and submit assessments by the relevant deadlines, and continue to plan for any module assessments/tests. Where you have been set coursework, you should work towards submitting this on time via the Turnitin portal aligned to your module(s), and work on the assumption that normal penalties will continue to apply to late or non-submission of coursework.
Every effort is being made to ensure your student experience is not affected by strike action. It is anticipated that feedback will be delivered within the expected timeframe.
Please regularly check the MyDay student portal and your emails: if you have any questions, you can contact The Hub.
UWS campuses are rarely completely closed. However, some unforseen operational issues, planned industrial disputes or extreme local environment, weather conditions may cause us to close a campus.
All UWS campuses are currently operating as normal.
If a campus is closed when you have an assignment due for submission, follow these guidelines.
This page will post updates on any disruption to exams due to bad weather or other events. Again, your safety is the most important thing to consider when deciding whether to travel to an exam in severe weather.
If you decide it’s not safe for you to attend an exam, you should submit an Extenuating Circumstances Statement. Visit our Academic Appeals and Extenuating Circumstances page for further details.