UCU Strike Statement

UCU Strike Statement

Queen Mary Students’ Union recognises that members of the UCU and other College staff members are concerned about facing changes to their pensions (the Universities Superannuation Scheme). We hope all parties are engaging in a meaningful consultation to resolve this issue as soon as possible. We realise this issue will also affect many of our Postgraduate students directly and encourage them to contact us with their concerns.

We also recognise that students are concerned about the impact the strikes will have on classes, assessments and exams at a critical point of the academic year. We want to hear the views of our members and we encourage students to get in contact with us with their views and any concerns they may have about the impact of the strikes on their studies.

At present, we as a Students’ Union do not have an official position on the UCU strikes, but a motion has been submitted to our Annual Student Meeting outlining what our stance as a Students’ Union should be on this matter. The meeting will be taking place from 6.30pm in the Mason Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building on Tuesday 27th February. You can find the motion here.

QMSU President, Yasir Yeahia commented:

“Queen Mary Students’ Union recognises the impact this strike may have on our students, and we want to ensure that any stance we take reflects the views of our student body. We want students to attend our Annual Student Meeting and vote on the position we will take. It’s vital that we empower our students through our democratic processes, whilst ensuring we look after their educational interests. We also want to assure students that we are in constant communication with the University to ensure the mitigation of any potential detrimental impact this may have on their assessments, coursework, lectures and exams.”

If you have any further questions or queries about the strike, please email Yas at su-president@qmul.ac.uk.