IT Strike info for students
Update January 2021
How Does This Affect Me?
To take just one example, specialist Learning Technology Advisors have had their contracts changed so that they are no longer permitted to provide ‘student-facing services’. Previously your lecturers would be able to ask an LTA to run a training session as part of your modules. Because of short-staffing, this has now stopped.
The University has refused to listen to reasoned arguments. The only means by which we can fight these changes is to use our legal right to strike. The University could end the dispute easily and immediately by lifting the threat of redundancy to our colleague.
What can I do?
As students paying £9,250 a year for your education, you have a right to complain about disruption to your education. You also have a right to a properly staffed and resourced university. Further information on this can be found on Brighton UCU’s website. The Brighton Student Solidarity and UoB Student Protest groups are already campaigning over these issues.
Student Resources and ways to get involved:
Brighton Student Solidarity Group –
“UoB Students organising for the interests of students and in solidarity with staff.
They are making a list of demands by students at University of Brighton, as shown in this image.
To add your name to these demands, you can sign the open letter here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UzwjA4P9zarNKLpCGwKAVArj0niKdTd5Cb8qsmvLbD8/edit
University of Brighton student support for i.t staff –
“Our IT staff are being threatened with redundancy at a time in which technical support is more vital than ever. For this reason, staff at The University of Brighton will be taking part in a strike during December. UoB students are here to support!!!!”
Teams Student/Staff Assembly – https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3ab6064245d1bc4cb88f9a2a593b17c868%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=eb7bbc8c-ea21-4529-808d-bf72d57c50cd&tenantId=a900bb90-94fe-4658-8b34-dd72084c5064
A group set up in response to student requests to co-organise with staff. Use the link above to join.
Run by students, no staff in the group. To join the whatsapp group, visit the Teams Student/Staff Assembly page and post a message in the chat asking to be added.
University of Brighton staff members of UCU