Industrial Action Update - 6 March

This update shares the latest information on industrial action and provides information on what you can do if you are being adversely affected.

Latest developments

This week Universities UK and UCU, the trade union for academics, meet with Acas for further talks. Acas is the Advisory, conciliation and arbitration service, it specialises in industrial dispute mediation.

Exact details of the agreement to meet with Acas aren’t public but this is a significant development showing more willingness to engage in dialogue. At this stage, it’s clear that significant differences remain between stakeholders and bridging such a gap is likely to take some time. Lectures will resume (as was previously planned) on Friday 9 March but until such time as Acas hosted talks reach a resolution it appears that strike action continue throughout the whole of week 10.

Strike survey: understanding the impact on our students

YUSU has today launched a survey help better understand the impact of the strikes on our students to date and the effectiveness of the University’s efforts to mitigate impact. The data generated will inform our lobbying work moving forward as we try to reduce adverse impact on students through discussions and negotiation with the University. It will also enable us to identify specific trends where we might need to work more closely with departments. Please do complete our survey here:

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 out 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.