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Updates - UCU Strike Action 2020

The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) has planned a series of strikes over pay and equality. The strikes are scheduled to run for 14 days in February and March, starting on Thursday 20 February and escalating each week, culminating with a week-long walkout from Monday 9 to Friday 13 March.

Several SSRMP modules are scheduled to be taught on days affected by the strike.

Lecturers are not legally obliged to inform us in advance whether or not they will be taking strike action. Therefore, it's possible that students who have booked onto modules taking place on strike days will not know whether their lectures will take place or not. We apologise that the SSRMP therefore cannot necessarily provide advance warning of a cancellation. However, in cases where we do know a session will be cancelled because of strike action then we will communicate this to affected students via this website.

Please note that the situation may change at any time: if the strike is called off, some cancelled lectures may go ahead, while some lecturers may decide at a late stage to take strike action. We apologise for the disruption caused. 

  • Survey Research and Design (Mon 24 February, Tue 3 March) 
  • Weighting and Imputation (Mon 24 February) - UNAFFECTED
  • Public Policy Analysis (Mon 24 February, 2, 9 March) - WILL BE AFFECTED BY STRIKE ACTION
  • Panel Data Analysis (Wed 26 February) - ​UNAFFECTED
  • Event History Analysis (Mon 2 March) - UNAFFECTED
  • Factor Analysis (Mon 2, 9 March) - UNAFFECTED
  • A Critical Analysis of Null Hypothesis Testing and its Alternatives (Wed 4, 11 March) - UNAFFECTED
  • Causal Inference in the Social Sciences (Wed 4 March) - UNAFFECTED
  • Meta Analysis (Mon 9 March) - UNAFFECTED
  • Secondary Data Analysis (Tues 10 March) - WILL BE AFFECTED BY STRIKE ACTION
  • Multilevel Modelling (Wed 11 March) - UNAFFECTED

SSRMP Bookings

We suggest that unless students are unable to attend the modules, they do not cancel SSRMP bookings for modules due to take place over the strike period. Firstly, knowing roughly how many students would have attended means that we can feed this information back to the University. Secondly, if students cancel bookings and the strike is called off, we will not be able to reinstate those bookings. Students and Departments will not be charged for modules that do not take place. 

More information on the industrial action can be found on the UCU website.

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We would like to remind you of the support and care around wellbeing that you can find within the University during this difficult time when we are all required to distance ourselves socially. Your supervisor and Department are your primary source for duty of care but there are many other services and websites that can be of help too. In particular, the University's Student Wellbeing website is extremely helpful.

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