UCU Strikes November / December 2019

The University and College Union (UCU) balloted its members at the University of Exeter on whether to take industrial action over proposed changes to their pension, and pay and working conditions. Along with many other universities around the UK, the Exeter UCU branch voted overwhelmingly (83.33%) in favour of strike action, on a 50.64% turnout.

Strikes have now been confirmed to be taking place for eight days from 25th November until 4th December.

The University plans to mitigate any disruption to students, as far as possible, and The SU is committed to supporting and representing the interests of our students in this process. In order that we may do this to best meet the wishes and needs of our members we ask that you complete this short survey before midnight Tuesday 12 November

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The SU recognises that this issue is complex and difficult, and that there are many factors to consider for all parties involved. We will be continuing discussions with our students, the University, and UCU.

Please note this action does not include Falmouth University staff.


Who are UCU? The UCU, or University and College Union, is a trade union representing staff across various higher and further education institutions. Find out more about the UCU on their website

What is a strike? A strike is when workers refuse to work or take other collective action in an attempt to gain a concession from their employer.

What is a picket line? A picket line is a person or group of people who stand peacefully outside the entrance (or entrances) to their workplace as a protest, and/or to try to dissuade others from entering during a strike. They can use this opportunity to explain the reasons for the industrial action. Last time the picket line at Penryn Campus was at the entrance to Campus. Students may join the picket line in solidarity with staff / the cause.

How will I be affected? Lecturers are under no obligation to let the University know if they will be striking, so it is very hard to let students know if and how they may be affected. We encourage you to read official emails from the University, and contact specific staff if you have any concerns. We don't know how the University is going to mitiage the effects of the strikes yet but will work with them to let you know of any arrangements as we become aware of them.

Will lectures / seminars etc be rescheduled? The motivation behind taking strike action is to cause a disruption in order to persuade employers to return to negotiations. Strikers do not get paid when engaging in industrial action. For this reason, it is unlikely that any missed lectures, tutorials, or seminars will be rescheduled. Please contact the Penryn Info Point for more information.


The University of Exeter has published a FAQ page with more information. If you have any concerns or queries, please email industrialaction@exeter.ac.uk


We will update this page as we get more information.