UCU’s request: Strikers’ pay into student hardship fund

Sent on 19/11/2021 to:

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jean-Noel Ezingeard;
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Anna Gough-Yates;
Chief Operating Officer Tom Rowson;
Director of HR Andy Lamb


Dear Jean-Noel, Anna, Tom, and Andy,

UCU write with a request: we ask that any money not paid out to striking workers over the days of strike action be put into the student hardship fund.


We would like to make it clear to our students that the money their lecturers will lose over the strike period is being dedicated to supporting our students.

Students’ concerns over the strike action revolve around mental health supports and the availability of other academic supports. We think it right for the university to support our students by funnelling the wages of striking staff into helping the students.

Providing you agree to the above request, please can you lay out for us – and for the SU officers CC’d into this email – how the university plans to bolster student support service funds.


Kind regards,

UCU Roehampton