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Rail and teacher strikes in February – what to do if you will be affected

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National Rail services will be disrupted on the following days due to strike action which may disrupt your travel on the following dates:

  • 1 February
  • 3 February

Rail services will be cancelled or severely disrupted, and it is likely that there will be a very limited service on these days with no trains at all on some routes. You can keep up to date with the latest information via the National Rail website.

If you do need to travel to campus during the rail strike action we recommend you use alternative transport to travel in and around Manchester – Transport for Greater Manchester can help you plan your journey.

In addition, a number of primary and secondary schools across the region may be closed on the following dates, due to strike action by members of the National Education Union (NEU).

  • 1 February
  • 28 February
  • 15-16 March

If you are a parent/guardian of a child at a school that will be closing on any of those dates, your child’s school will inform you. Some schools may remain open during the strike action.

What to do

We advise students to check their timetables as soon as possible. If you travel by train and feel that you are not going to be able to get to campus either due to the rail strikes or, due to school closures/childcare, please contact your course tutor/research supervisor as soon as possible.

You may also wish to consider formally recording the impact of your absence using the University’s Mitigating Circumstances procedure.

Wider strike action, here on campus

Please also be aware that separate strike action will also be taking place here at the University by members of the UCU on some of those same dates. Your School will work hard to minimise disruption and where possible, let you know ahead of any cancelled teaching in advance – however, it may not always be possible to inform you in advance, as members of UCU do not have to advise the University of their specific plans to take strike action ahead of doing so.

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