Strike Information

This post outlines strike plans for the University of Nottingham UCU branch between 20th February to 13th March. Please check back regularly for updates and follow us on Twitter: @UoNUCU

Dates of strike

February 20, 21

February 24, 25, 26

March 2, 3, 4, 5

March 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Rally on Thursday 20 February

We will be holding a rally at 11:30am on Thursday 20th at the Pavilions in Highfields Park (see blue circle on map below). The aim is to make our presence seen and heard in the management offices of Trent Building, so please bring music instruments and any noise making devices (pots and pans, vuvuzelas, kazoos, cow bells, bike bells, etc).  

We also have a UoN UCU strike playlist which is public and collaborative, so feel free to add your favourite tunes!

Picket line 

Picket times are 07:30-11:00. 

Please make every effort you can to join the pickets, support each other, talk to colleagues and students about the action, and represent the union as powerfully as you did during the last strike. If you cannot join the physical picket – as many can’t, for various reasons – please demonstrate your solidarity and support on the virtual picket, using @UoNUCU #UCUStrike #ucustrikesback 

Please take care of yourself on the picket line and watch out for cyclists and motorists! Your health is a priority so if you feel unwell/need rest, don’t feel pressure to attend the picket line but strike from home.

Picket line locations

* See corresponding letters next to red X’s on map

University Park:

(A) North Entrance

(B) South Entrance

(C) West Entrance

(D) East Entrance

(E) Pedestrian Entrance across from University Blvd Tram Stop

(F) Pedestrian Entrance Derby Road (West End of Campus)

(G) Pedestrian Entrance Derby Road (across from Wollaton Park pedestrian gate)

Kings Meadow Campus:

(H) Main Entrance 

Sutton Bonington Campus:

 (I) Main Entrance (College road)

 (J) South Entrance (Landcroft Lane)

Jubilee Campus:

(K) Wollaton Road Entrance 

(L) Triumph Road Entrance

(M) Derby Road Entrance

See below for where to report for the picket. The locations have been assigned by department in order to ensure coverage on all picket lines; however you are not obliged to go to that location – feel free to move around as well. You may also be asked by a picket coordinator to populate a quieter location, if you are happy to do so.

If your department/unit is not listed, or if you require posters or armbands, please visit picket leaders at these sites: 

At UP: North Entrance (A); South Entrance (B); West Entrance (C) 

At Sutton Bonington: Main Entrance (I)

At Jubilee: Triumph Road Entrance (L); Derby Road Entrance (M)

DepartmentPicket Location
American and Canadian StudiesUP North (A)
Architecture and the Built EnvironmentUP West (C)
BiosciencesSutton Bonington Main Entrance (I)
ChemistryUP North (A)
Civil EngineeringUP North (A)
Computer ScienceJubilee Wollaton Rod (K)
CounsellingUP North (A)
CLASUP South (B)
EconomicsUP West (C)
Education (inc CELE)Jubilee Triumph Road (L)
Electrical and Electronic EngineeringUP North (A)
EnglishUP South (B)
Finance and InfrastructureJubilee Wollaton Road (K)
FrenchUP West (C)
GeographyUP South (B)
German StudiesUP West (C)
Health SciencesJubilee Derby Road (M)
HistoryUP West (C)
History of ArtUP South (B)
Information ServicesKings Meadow
LawUP North (A)
LibrariesStaff based at UP: UP South (B) Staff based at Jubilee: Jubilee Triumph Road (L) Staff based at Kings Meadow: Kings Meadow
Life SciencesUP South (B)
Mathematical SciencesKings Meadow
MedicineJubilee Wollaton Road (K)
MusicUP South (B)
Nottingham University Business SchoolJubilee Derby Road (M)
PharmacyUP North (A)
PhilosophyUP West (C)
Physics and AstronomyKings Meadow
Politics and International RelationsUP West (C)
PsychologyUP South (B)
Russian and Slavonic StudiesUP North (A)
Sociology and Social PolicyJubilee Derby Road (M)
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies                   UP West (C)
Veterinary Medicine and ScienceSutton Bonington Main Entrance (I)

Teach-outs and events

Events are free and open to all (not just UCU members). All venues are wheel-chair accessible. 

Thursday 20th FebStrike RallyPavilions, Highfield Park11.30am
Friday 21st FebBake-offPicket lines
Monday 24th FebWorkshop: ‘Building union presence:
conversations that
lead to action’ Led
by Pete Rodgers,
Community Centre,
Montpelier Road
1 – 3pm
Tuesday 25th FebDiscussion:
‘Gendered Injustice
in the University’
Led by Katharine
Jenkins and Jessica
Vernon, Dpt of
Middle Street
Resource Centre,
74 Middle Street,
Beeston NG9 2AR
1 -3 pm
Wednesday 26th
Talk: ‘What is a
student housing
co-operative?’ Led
by Nottingham
Student Housing
Community Centre,
Montpelier Road
1 – 3pm
Monday 2nd MarchCrafting session:
Bunting, Crochet,
needle felting. All
materials provided

Talk: ‘Brexit and
Citizen Rights’
Narine Ghazaryan,
School of Law
Community Centre,
Montpelier Road
1 -3 pm
Tuesday 3rd MarchTalk: ‘The power
of statistics: how
to spot fake news’
Rosie Smith, School
of Education

Talk: ‘Well-being
and resilience at
work’ Neil
Chadborne, School
of Medicine
Middle Street
Resource Centre,
74 Middle Street,
Beeston NG9 2AR
1 – 3pm
Wednesday 4th
Yoga for all stages
including beginners
Bring your own
yoga mat/there will
be 12 provided by
instructor. Class
size limit: 20
Session: 45 min
Middle Street
Resource Centre,
74 Middle Street,
Beeston NG9 2AR
1 – 2pm
Wednesday 4th
Music, dancing, and drinks. With special guest UCU secretary Jo Grady. Free, everyone welcome!
Vat and
Fiddle, 12
Queensbridge Rd,
7.30pm – late
Thursday 5th
Workshop: ‘The
Changing Face of
Education in the
East Midlands:
Implications for
Adult and Higher
Education’ Colin
Kirkwood, Rob
Hunter, Lorinda
John Holford,
Linden West
3 North Sherwood
Street, NG1 4EZ
2 – 4.30pm
Monday 9th
led by University
of Nottingham
Community Centre,
Montpelier Road
1 – 3pm
Tuesday 10th
Poetry reading:
Peter Gizzi,
Sarah Hayden,
Alan Baker
Five Leaves
Bookshop, 14a
Long Row W,
7 – 8.30pm
Wednesday 11th
Talk: ‘Black Holes
and Extra
Antonio Padilla,
School of Physics
and Astronomy
South Entrance
Thursday 12th
Friday 13th

What happens when I am on strike?

No Emails

·         Not log-on to the university network

·         Not read or respond to work emails during the duration of multiple-day strikes

·         Put an ‘I am on strike, etc.,’ automatic reply on your email – see below

No Teaching or administration

·         Not ‘catch-up’ with work planned for during the strike

·         Dissuade any colleagues from covering for your absence

·         Not ‘decline’ or rearrange meetings

·         Not rearrange classes

No Research

·         Not attend research seminars and other research events

Out Of Office emails

UCU members should not read or respond to any emails whilst on strike, and should immediately delete, unread, all emails on return to work — except for those from students. During strike periods, we ask you to put an out-of-office auto-reply on your emails. We suggest the following text — though of course you may edit this if you prefer.

I am currently unavailable as I am striking over Pensions, Pay and Equality.

Background to the dispute can be found here:

You can support us by joining UCU ( and taking part in strike action.

If you are a student, I will respond to your email on my return — though you may have to be patient. 

Otherwise, I will not be reading this email, and will delete it, unread, on my return.

Open Days

Where members have been directly instructed to participate in an open day or other University activities on a day not explicitly marked as a strike day (including weekends), they should comply with this instruction provided said activities form a normal part of the work associated with their role; where participation in such activities is presented as voluntary, members do not need to undertake this work.

Other useful information for members can be found here: