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Industrial action at Sussex

Some staff at the University of Sussex and 73 other universities voted to take industrial action in February and March 2020.

What happened

A trade union representing some University staff (University and College Union or UCU) announced 14 days of strikes to take place over a four-week period between 20 February and 13 March 2020.

The action was in relation to ongoing disputes about pay and pensions.

In addition, Union members took another form of action known as action short of a strike (ASOS), running from 25 November 2019 until 29 April 2020.

We kept you updated with what you needed to know. While industrial action meant disruption for many in our community, it is a legal right for workers in the UK. We’re committed to maintaining respect, safety and good relations between students and staff throughout any period of industrial action.

When the strikes happened

The University received notification on Monday 3 February that some University of Sussex staff, who are members of UCU, planned to take industrial action and go on strike for a total of 14 days.

This action took place over four weeks between Thursday 20 February and Friday 13 March.

Education and studying

We have plans to put in place so you are not disadvantaged by any strike action. We focus on making sure the impact of any industrial action is minimal.

If you have a visa

Student visa conditions are not typically affected by industrial action. The usual processes for attendance monitoring applies to sessions which are not disrupted.

If a session is disrupted due to industrial action, we record this as a cancelled session. This does not have an impact on your visa attendance attendance record.

More about visas and immigration.

More information

You can get strike terminology explained and read about the background to the strikes.