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UCU Industrial Action

Message from the University Secretary

Following a national ballot on pay negotiations for 2016-2017, the University and College Union (UCU) members will be taking strike action on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May 2016. UCU members will also take action short of a strike, by 'working to contract' from Wednesday 25th May 2016.

The University cannot predict the extent of this action at Edinburgh, nor the disruption it might cause, but will do all it reasonably can to minimise such disruption to academic and support activities.

Students should assume that all teaching will take place as normal on 25th and 26th May 2016, unless they are notified to the contrary. Any such notification will be made at School level. Heads of Schools and Directors of Teaching Organisations have been asked to make arrangements to ensure that students are advised of any disruption to teaching, especially cancellation of classes. Unfortunately, such notification may only be possible at short notice.

We understand that this will be of concern to you. Please be reassured that we will continue to keep you up to date with any developments by email and online at


Sarah Smith, University Secretary

18th May 2016