Industrial action update

Last week saw the first days of four weeks of planned industrial action at York from UCU, in response to a dispute about pensions.  Here's the action that you can take now, and an update on hot-topics related to the strike:

Action you can take now   

  • Find out more about the issues - You can hear more about issues behind the strikes via SU President, Alex Urquhart's interviews with the UoY Vice Chancellor, Koen Lamberts, and Co-President of UCU's University of York branch, Geoffrey Wall here.  Read the University's response to your questions here, and check out YUSU's FAQs here.     
  • Carry on as normal - Attend University and continue your studies as normal unless you're informed otherwise.  
  • Keep an eye out for updates - Look our for messages from your Department.  They will be in touch to let you know if any timetabled activity has to be cancelled or postponed.    
  • For specific concerns or questions contact your Department or the University on - keep a record of your correspondence.  Some students have expressed concern about an adverse impact on their studies.  If you feel that your Department has not mitigated disruption sufficiently, or that your assessments may be adversely impacted, contact the Students' Unions Advice and Support Centre on for independent advice.  


Students should not be assessed on material where there has not been appropriate teaching.  YUSU is aware that a number of Departments have confirmed assessments will be altered to reflect any missed teaching.  We will be monitoring this situation and lobbying the University to ensure a consistent and fair approach across Departments for students.   

Picket lines 

Pickets lines have sprung up around campus at key entrances to the site.  Academics will be peacefully raising awareness and sharing information about the strike.  Students that wish to support striking lecturers can choose not to cross the lines, or to stand near by (although you won't be recognised as official pickets).  Take the opportunity to talk to staff about why they're striking. 

York Teach Out

Hear more about the strike and hot topics from the future of the University to Brexit in historical context at the York Teach outs.  

Learning entitlements and students' rights

The University's contract with students sets out that whilst it recognises students' consumer rights, industrial action is one of a number of circumstances 'beyond the control of the University' during which it will 'do all that it can' to reasonably provide education and minimise disruption.  This week the University has put plans in place to manage disruption which Officers have been assured will continue throughout the strike period.  YUSU will be monitoring this situation closely.  If you feel that this is not the case in your experience, or your assessments have been adversely impacted, please contact for independent advice.  

UCU and UUK representatives are due to undertake further talks on Tuesday 27 Feb but formal negotiations are not yet due to resume.  Keep an eye out for updates and you can read more here: