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UCU strike action suspended

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A message from President and Vice-Chancellor Nancy Rothwell:

I am pleased to hear the news that the University and College Union (UCU) has voted to accept the latest proposals relating to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS pension) and will therefore suspend industrial action with immediate effect. This means that strike action proposed for the week commencing Monday, 16 April will not now take place and no further strikes will take place during exams or marking periods.

This is extremely welcome news as we move into this critical exam and assessment period and reassuring that no further industrial action will take place during exams or marking periods. I appreciate that some students have been impacted by the industrial action which has taken place and this is highly regrettable. However I would like to reiterate the University’s commitment to ensuring that all eligible students progress and graduate as planned. You can find further information about this below.

We are working in partnership with the Students’ Union, to ensure that funds from pay deductions due to industrial action are used for the benefit of students.

It is clear that challenges lie ahead and concerns still exist, but I hope that we can now move forward to bring about proposals to USS which secure a positive future for our staff and students.

Further information on coursework, submissions and examinations:

Coursework tests and submissions

Please check the coursework timetable on your School website as submission deadlines may have changed. Consequently feedback return deadlines may move to a later date, though Schools will endeavour to return your work as quickly as possible.

Following the Easter Vacation you should prepare for any tests and coursework submissions as normal.

Semester 2 Examinations

Examination papers for semester 2 have been produced and these exams will go ahead as planned.

Lectures in Week 12

Lectures in Week 12 of Semester 2 are scheduled to continue as planned so please ensure that you attend as scheduled.

Further questions

If you have further questions or concerns then please get in touch with your School Administration Office.

Best wishes,


Professor Nancy Rothwell

President and Vice-Chancellor

The University of Manchester

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