Universities say they will keep teaching despite strike

Universities in the United Kingdom have said that face-to-face teaching will continue for students this winter even if academics go ahead with plans to strike, writes Will Hazell for iNews. University bosses said that because strikes had occurred in every year since 2018, they had become “more used” to dealing with them and mitigating their impact.

Last week, members of the University and College Union met legal thresholds for strike action at 58 universities in two separate ballots over pensions and pay. The union’s leadership is set to meet on Friday to decide next steps, with strikes potentially starting before Christmas.

Professor Alistair Fitt, the vice-chancellor Oxford Brookes University, who sits on the Employers Pension Forum, said his peers at other universities were focused on “minimising any disruption to students and other staff”, while Professor Mark Smith, the vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton and chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association, which represents universities in pay negotiations, said: “Since 2018, universities have become more used to dealing with [strikes], because it’s happened on several occasions unfortunately.”
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