The Principal has written to students to update them on the ongoing industrial action.
27 February 2020
Yesterday saw the end of the first period of this round of industrial action, and I am extremely sorry that this has meant some disruption for some of you.
Some students have written to me asking about compensation. We are working closely with your Heads of School/Institute to monitor the impact of the strike on different areas so that we can carry out a full assessment. We will not be in a position to truly understand the impact of the industrial action until after 19 March, when this round of strike finishes. It is worth noting that your fee is based on the delivery of your overall experience for the full duration of your course, rather than for a specific set of teaching contact hours. It also covers all the facilities that are available to you.
We are also asking Schools/Institutes to put in place arrangements to mitigate the effects of any missed teaching. I would like to reassure you that no student will be disadvantaged, in terms of assessment, by any missed teaching.
We continue to work hard to find sustainable solutions to the issues at the heart of this industrial action. The current position is summarised below:
I know that all staff, whether they are taking part in industrial action or not, are committed to providing you with an excellent student experience and are proud to be part of Queen Mary. I apologise once again to those of you who are experiencing disruption as a result of the strikes. I will write to you again when the action is over, and in the meantime do check the FAQs and please contact your Head of School/Institute if you have any questions about local changes to your timetable or other impacts.
Professor Colin Bailey, FREng, BEng, PhD, CEng, FICE, FIStructE, MIFireE
President and Principal | Queen Mary University of London | Mile End Road | London | E1 4NS