Strike Action – Important Information for Students

7 December 2016

The University and College Union (UCU) have informed the University that they will undertake strike action on Wednesday 7 December 2016.  The University will remain open on these days and is committed to ensuring that no student is disadvantaged by the strike action. 

Examinations will be taking place on the day of action and these will go ahead as planned.  No exam will be cancelled as a consequence of the industrial action.  You should therefore ensure that you attend your exams and any absence will be treated under the normal regulations. 

Some staff may choose to take strike action which may lead to some classes, in the areas where teaching is taking place, being cancelled.  Where possible, Schools will inform you by email in advance of any such cancellation.  If you have not been informed of any cancellations, you should assume that your classes will go ahead as planned, although you should be aware that some classes may need to be cancelled at very short notice.

I would wish to assure you that staff at the University are committed to providing an excellent educational experience for our students and that we are putting in place measures to ensure that the impact of this action is minimised.

You will find the questions and answers below of help.  If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact academicservices@abdn.ac.uk

Professor Peter McGeorge

Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will exams be cancelled?

No.  Exams will not be cancelled as a result of the strike action.  You should therefore ensure you attend any exams.  Absence will be treated under normal regulations

Who will invigilate my exam?

The University will ensure that all examinations are appropriately invigilated on the days of strike action.  In line with the University’s Rules for the Conduct of Prescribed Assessments and Written Examinations for Degrees and Diplomas, invigilators will normally be members of staff of the University. Where appropriate, Heads of School may opt to appoint other suitably qualified individuals to act as Invigilators of University examinations.

Will teaching be cancelled?

It is possible that, where teaching is taking place, some classes may need to be cancelled.  Your School will, where possible, aim to notify you by email in advance if your class is to be cancelled.  You should be aware however that your School may not know in advance whether or not a class will need to be cancelled.

Am I expected to attend classes on strike days?

Yes.  You are expected to attend scheduled classes which are not cancelled.  Please note any material covered could form part of future assessments.

What will happen if my lecture is cancelled as a result of the strike?

You will not be disadvantaged as a result of any teaching missed due to the strike action.  Any aspect of teaching missed as a consequence of the industrial action will not form part of any assessment associated with the course.

What will happen if my tutorial or laboratory class is cancelled as a result of the strike?

You will not be disadvantaged as a result of missing any tutorial or laboratory class due to the strike action.  Your School may try to offer you the opportunity to attend an alternative tutorial or practical class where this is feasible, this may be on an alternative day.  Where it is not possible to do this, the material covered at these sessions will not form part of any assessment for this course. 

Will I be informed if my classes are to be cancelled as a result of the strike?

Your School will, where possible, aim to notify you by email in advance if your class is to be cancelled.  You should be aware however that your School may not know until the day of the strike whether or not a class will need to be cancelled. 

What impact will missed teaching have on the assessments for my course?

You will not be disadvantaged as a result of any teaching which is cancelled due to the strike action.  Any material missed as a result of the strike action will not form part of any assessment for the course.

I am due to submit course work on the day of the strike.  Does this deadline still apply?

Yes.  You should submit your work following the usual procedures.

Who do I contact if I have any further queries?

If you have queries about a specific course, you should contact the relevant School office in the first instance.  General queries should be directed to academicservices@abdn.ac.uk 

Students may also contact the Students’ Association.