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Lecturer Strike

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MrMatteh, 7 Mar 2006.

  1. MrMatteh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Feb 2004

    Posts: 2,418

    Location: Essex

    apparently its a dispute over pay http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4780578.stm. Can't say I know enough about the subject to comment properly.

    Went in for my lecturers this morning. no lecturer. thanks for telling us :( waste of a morning. I can understand what they are doing, and why. I'm not even particulary fussed about the 1 day strike, just wish they would have informed us! :(

    seems odd though, as he was the only lecturer i know who went on strike. all the others were still there, some even laughing at the ones protesting outside, in the rain! My university (Exeter) claims it only effect 11% of lecturers, so that probably explains that one.

    Anyone else experience this strike?
  2. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

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    Location: Wish i was in .Lethal's house

    Our entire law school was shut today, the lectures and workshops we missed won't be replaced either which annoys quite a few of us as the workshops is quite important !
  3. titchard


    Joined: 10 Feb 2004

    Posts: 5,116

    Location: Crewe, UK

    I only had one lecture today and luckily that wasn't effected, but I know a far few others in my house were.

  4. divine`


    Joined: 21 Apr 2004

    Posts: 12,435

    Location: Southampton University

    It's affecting lecturers who belong to the AUT, I had 2 of 5 lectures today cancelled.

    It's a pay dispute that was originally brought up in about October, November was given as a deadline to conform to their wishes, then in December after nothing happened they decided to strike, and today is the result.

    At least that's what i've heard :p
  5. Amp34


    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    Here at Plymouth both my english housemates dont have any lectures whatsoever this week whereas all my lectures are still on. Typical :( :p
  6. Serj


    Joined: 18 Nov 2004

    Posts: 3,581

    Location: Bournemouth

    No lectures or seminars for me today. And they won't be replaced either :mad:
  7. pyro


    Joined: 23 Nov 2002

    Posts: 16,167

    We got emails saying that some classes could be cancelled, I don't go to classes so I don'w know :p
  8. MrMatteh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Feb 2004

    Posts: 2,418

    Location: Essex

    ive got a maths assignment in next week, and no lecturer to teach it.

    his reply will probably be "oh, you can do it on your own"

    well then, why do we need you?! :rolleyes:

    (this lecturer just happens to be a bit of a <blank>)
  9. Alex_L


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,026

    i couldn't be bothered to go in anyway, so i've no idea if i'd have been affected.
  10. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: Glasgow

    Somewhat disappointed that it takes place on a Tuesday since I wouldn't have any classes anyway. However from speaking to our lecturers(they did warn us that the strike was going to happen) it appears they will be "working to rule" so assignments won't get marked etc or at least we won't get any grades back which is rather annoying.
  11. Lagz

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Jul 2003

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    I dont get the whole striking business, if seems flawed. They claim we have to pay more to hold on to the top lecturers / experts in certain fields. . .Funny how all the 'top experts/lecturers' are not striking, because they are already stupidly rich. If these striking lecturers really were experts/top in their field they would have no trouble at all making money. For instance one of my lecturers invented Iris recognition, you dont see him caring much about how much the uni pay him. I could think of many other examples. One of my other lecturers invented the technique that allows you to read computer screens through walls or by looking through windows when you can't see the screen directly. I assume he is making a fair bit.

    Giving lecturers a pay rise doesn't help hold on to the best lecturers at all, it just gives the average ones more money.

    I may be wrong about all this. I'm not particularly informed on the subject, its just my (quite uninformed) view.
  12. Clarkey


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,151

    both my lectures cancelled today, days off are nice :p
  13. ALLI

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Lovely Wolver-ampton!

    we had an email last week and we had a replacement lecturer which was nice.

    mind you, they told us to come in at 9 then the lecture was at 10-10.30!

    poor lecturers - standing outside in the cold freezing rain 'cos they're not happy with £25 ph or something like that. they were also saying they were looking to push for an increased bursary for nursing students like me - £550 a month isn't much to live on, especially when they tell us we shouldn't be doin bank work and focussing on our studies... hmm...

    oh well, least im home now!
  14. siztenboots

    Wise Guy

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    Pfft , work to rule, considering I do 2 hours unpaid work daily compared to the lecturers who come in to do a supposedly 2 hour lecture once per week, in about 45 mins , then bugger off again. Plus the whole of summer off !
  15. Bunka


    Joined: 18 Jan 2005

    Posts: 5,547

    Location: West London

    All of my morning lectures were cancelled today = out last night and lie in this morning :cool: :D :D
  16. gib786


    Joined: 12 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,799

    Location: Leeds

    no idea if my lectures were affected, i havent bothered going into uni for the past week now
  17. Whappers


    Joined: 4 Nov 2003

    Posts: 4,496

    Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I had my seminar cancelled today. I thought that it was only the university of Stirling and not the rest of the country :p
  18. MrMatteh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Feb 2004

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    yeh, few of my mates came in for the midday lecture.

    "what did i miss".


    great, so they went out and got drunk and never missed anything. the rest of us stayed in, then wasted the morning :(

    d'oh! :D
  19. DannyDan


    Joined: 6 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2,669

    Location: Wirral, UK

    Yup, I had all of today's lectures cancelled. Tbh I'd rather they weren't, it just means more lectures at the end of the module in summer when I should be on a beach somewhere.
  20. DJammyRasta


    Joined: 28 Nov 2004

    Posts: 2,826

    Location: London

    i am an admin at the uni here in luton... there were a dozen or so people stood outside the uni this morning (before it was raining) and none that i noticed at luchtime (when it started raining) :)

    usual stuff, overworked, underpaid, underappreciated...

    seems the vice chancellors all got a pay increase of 25.25% while the actual lecturers didn't get any (ok they got a 3% increase to shut them up for half a year)

    it also happens that the sector has an extra 3.5b to spend :)