All students | USW Update | Thursday 17 November

UCU Industrial Action

Dr Ben Calvert, Vice-Chancellor

You may be aware that the University and College Union (UCU) has asked its members to take part in industrial action concerning the 2022/23 pay award. The industrial action will include:

  • Strike action on Thursday 24 November, Friday 25 November, and Wednesday 30 November 2022.
  • Continuous action short of a strike will start on Wednesday 23 November 2022 which means that lecturers may only work contracted hours and not undertake any voluntary activities.

This latest industrial action will affect 150 universities across the UK.

The University will be open as usual on days when strike action is being taken. Not all staff will be taking part in the strike action, therefore you should still attend your timetabled sessions, unless you are notified by the university that your session is affected.

Individual staff who are taking part in the strike action do not have to give the University advanced notice. In all circumstances we will try out best to let you know, as soon as possible, if a session is affected.

If any of your timetabled sessions are affected, you are still encouraged to come to site to make use of the libraries and other university facilities for group or individual study.

Staff who are striking may form picket lines (generally no more than six) at the entrances to some of our sites, to explain to people why they are on strike. You will not be prevented from entering any of the campuses and are encouraged to continue to attend our campuses as usual.

An information page is available on UniLife with more information and advice.

We appreciate that this may cause uncertainty and anxiety for you, and we will do what we can to mitigate the impact the strike action has on your student experience.


Loop - Course & Module Evaluation

Loop is USW’s online course and module evaluation system and provides an opportunity for you to tell us directly how your course and modules are going.

Loop is open all year round and you can provide feedback on your course and modules at any time of the year – completely anonymously, in either English or Welsh. 

At this point of the year, we are especially interested in hearing feedback around how your COURSE is going. Your feedback, about what you like (or don’t like!) about your learning experience will help us to keep improving, as we will be able to act on your feedback in a timely manner. 

Your views really do matter and can make a difference!  The LOOP survey can be completed here. We encourage you to complete the relevant surveys between the 14th and 25th November (the survey will however remain open after this). 


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