The University has written to all members of staff making clear that while it respects the right to strike, it is vital that we maintain a first class learning experience for our students and minimise disruption.
Less than 10 per cent of Aston staff voted for industrial action, however, it is difficult for the University to get an accurate picture of what the impact might be. The University has asked staff who intend to take action to let them know in advance to help minimise the impact on students, but they are not legally required to do so.
Under Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) rules, the University has a contract with students to offer them the learning and support they signed up to. As such, every member of staff has a duty to make arrangements to ensure industrial action does not have a negative impact on any student’s performance, no matter whether they intend to strike or not.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor has formed a working group including representatives from each of the Schools and other relevant departments to ensure that appropriate arrangements are made to minimise any disruption that may affect students.