School of Economics

A message for postgraduates

Information regarding the strike.

I wrote to you two weeks ago about the UUK-UCU dispute over pensions. The dispute is still ongoing but talks have been held this week at ACAS  - the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. As of this point in time there is no decision to suspend the strike action and it may continue next week and Monday-Tuesday the following week.

The School is now in a better position to say what effect the strike action has had on your classes. The classes affected are:

  • Advanced Microeconometrics
  • Development and Methodology of Economic Thought
  • Economics of Labour Markets
  • Experimental Economics and Finance
  • Health Economics
  • International Money and Finance

So far at most one third of the class time from these courses has been cancelled due to the strike action, and we are hopeful that no course will exceed this proportion. We are unsure whether any other modules will be affected by the strike action planned for the next two weeks but we expect this to be minimal.

In mitigation for classes missed due to strike action, assessment will be based only on material that has been delivered. The Exam Board will take into account where classes have been missed and can determine marks and credit on the basis of what has been assessed.

The strike action and weather has also meant a delay to the publication of the examination timetable. At this stage the exam diet of 30 April - 25 May 2018 (including Saturday 5, 12 and 19 May) remains the same. We do not have a firm date publication as of yet but will notify you has soon as we have any further information.

As Head of School, I am available to talk to you in person, individually or in groups, or to receive your comments and suggestions via e-mail. Or please feel free to contact Carole-Anne Marshall, our Postgraduate Manager, Room G5, 30 Buccleuch Place or any other member of the School of Economics staff.


Tim Worrall

Interim Head of School

School of Economics

University of Edinburgh

Room 1.03 30/31 Buccleuch Place