STUDENT SOLIDARITY STRIKE: Let us support the UCU strikes without our education suffering

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The UCU Strikes over pensions are set to start tomorrow, on Thursday 22nd February. As students, many of us want to support our tutors in this walk-out, however, realistically for a lot of us it raises serious concerns as to the collateral damage this will have on our studies. The proposed dates and duration of the strike leave many of us missing up to 14 days of teaching, instead being forced to teach ourselves the course content during what is a crucial period in our final weeks of contact hours before our Summer Exams. We want to find a way to show our solidarity with the academics who have taught us, without seriously compromising our degree prospects.

Therefore, from the 22nd February, as students, we too will be going ‘on strike’ in solidarity. As such, we demand that the negative impact these strikes will have on our degrees be recognised by the university. If we are to miss out on all the teaching, yet still be expected to sit our exams as normal, we call for recognition of the serious time we will be forced to spend teaching ourselves content, without the aid of our tutors, and the resulting consequences this will have on our ability to meet other deadlines in the meantime. As such, we demand that, for all modules affected by the strikes, we receive an extension of any deadlines which fall during & after the strikes, for as long as the strikes continue. Why should we be expected to work as normal, when our tutors have been put in a position which means they are unable to teach us and offer academic support as normal? Our consequent work and deadlines should be altered to compensate for this.

The Strikes strive to cause enough disruption to be recognised and listened to, if the above measures were taken, we students could further this disruption without disrupting our own future as a result of the academic and time damage caused by the actions.

As students, we feel this compensation will allow us to fully support the UCU Pension Strikes, together with our tutors, without fear of putting our academic results for the year in serious jeopardy.



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