Industrial action email from Dean of Leeds Doctoral College to postgraduate researchers - 13 November 2019

The below email was sent on 13 November 2019

Dear Postgraduate Researcher

As you are probably aware, some colleagues at the University are planning to participate in nationwide industrial action as part of a national dispute about pensions and pay.  I want to reassure you that the University’s number one priority will be to minimise any disruption this may cause to its students and PGRs.

We know that there will be a strike from 25 November for eight consecutive working days up to and including 4 December, and that action short of a strike will take place from 25 November up to no later than 29 April 2020. You can read more about this on the students’ website industrial action page.

The scale of likely disruption is far from clear, given that only a minority of our academic, professional and managerial staff are members of the University and College Union (UCU), which has called the strike, and not all of them support this action. Some may decide not to strike at all and some may not strike on all eight days.

We do not expect PGR activities to be significantly affected by the strike action, but we are doing all we can to ensure that no PGR will be disadvantaged academically as a result of the strike. You should assume that any activities you are expecting to be taking place during this period will take place as planned, unless you are definitively told otherwise, but if you are in any doubt please contact your Faculty Graduate School in the first instance and they will be able to advise you. Similarly, if you have a scheduled viva examination, transfer, or any other progression activity which is set to take place during this period, please contact your Graduate School team who will help you.

For those of you who are engaged in teaching or demonstrating, you will be contacted directly by your School, who will provide you with further information and help answer any queries you might have.

For more information, please check the news page on the students’ website which we will update with general information and further guidance as and when it becomes available.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Best wishes,


Claire E. Honess
Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College