UEA Question & Answer session concerning industrial action
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To note: We’re using change.org to promote this event taking place, show support from our members for it taking place and to allow people to submit questions in advance. The Vice-Chancellor has already agreed to attend an event so we are not using this platform as a way to petition for his attendance. The forum event will be taking place on Thursday April 19th, from 9:30-11am in The Hive, Union House.
Strike action at UEA has raised the concerns of academic and professional staff about the changes to pensions.
With action of this nature there is an impact for many people, but especially students. The management of the University has a responsibility to ensure appropriate action is taken so that the learning outcomes of student courses are met.
This open forum has been organised by uea(su) to ensure that students have an opportunity to raise their questions to the Vice-Chancellor David Richardson, to UCU representatives and to representatives of the Students Union. Whilst the management team of the University have been communicating with students during strike action, there are questions. For example, you may have questions concerning the mitigation action that is planned to cover content that was not delivered during the strike; where have the wages that were withheld from striking staff gone? Will deadlines be pushed back? Will key elements of degree teaching be affected? What support is being provided to those being tasked with ensuring learning outcomes are met?
Although there is a lot more optimism in the horizon about an agreement between UCU and UUK, and hopefully the result of the ballot will be known shortly, which would cause an end to the current industrial action, we still understand how important it is for these questions to be answered.
You can submit your question to anyone on the panel at the forum by commenting it below or, if you wish to remain anonymous, by completing this form. You need to submit your questions by the 17th April at the latest.
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