Strike Action – How will this affect you?
A series of strikes are planned by the EIS, the union which represents teaching staff, the first took place on Wednesday 16 January 2019. The next strike is due to take place Tuesday 5 February.
We will aim to run as many classes as possible however to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students some classes have been cancelled. If this affects you, you will have received a communication from the College via email or post.
We’re here to help!
To ensure there is minimal disruption to you and your studies the College will be open as normal. If your class has been cancelled you can use this time for self-study. Our staff will be on hand in our Libraries and Learning Hubs to offer support if you need it. All of our facilities will be unaffected and our Campus Cafes and Costas will be open as normal.
If you are worried that your class might be cancelled on the day, and you don’t want to go to the trouble and expense of coming in to College on the day of strike action, you should feel free to use the day to study at home using iLearn and/or materials for your course. All absences on the strike day will be authorised and your funding will not be affected.
We are sorry for any inconvenience or distress caused by the EIS strike action If you have any questions, please speak to your lecturer/Curriculum Manager or get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com or call 0344 248 0115. The Student Engagement Team and Fife College Students' Association (FCSA) are also available if you would like to talk to someone in person – our staff will be available at all campuses and will be happy to help.
We will keep you up to date with any developments relating to future strikes on our website www.fife.ac.uk and social media (Facebook.com/fifecollege and Twitter.com/fifecollege). The next proposed dates for strike action are
• Tuesday 5 February
• Wednesday 6 March
• Thursday 21 March
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all staff on strike?
No, it only applies to teaching staff who are members of the EIS. Our Professional Services staff and many of our teaching staff are not part of the strike action and are on hand to help with any concerns you have – so please get in touch.
My class has been cancelled, can I still use the library?
The College will be open as normal on strike days and our staff will be on hand in our Libraries and Learning Hubs to offer support and answer any questions if you need it. All of our facilities will also be unaffected and our Campus Cafes and Costas will be open as normal. How will I know if my class is cancelled or not? Unfortunately, we won’t know until the day of the strike which lecturers will not be in and we cannot be certain of all the classes that will be cancelled. Where we do know for certain that classes are not running we will let you know. We have decided not to cancel all classes as we know that some will run and it is only fair to allow those students whose classes are unaffected to be able to attend where that is possible. If you are worried that your class will be cancelled and you do not want to go to the trouble and expense of coming in to College, you should feel free to use the day to study at home using the VLE and/or materials for your course.
What happens if I come in and my lecturer is not there?
If your lecturer is not there and the class is not able to be covered, please use this time for self-directed study. All absences on this day will be authorised and your funding will not be affected. How long will the strike go on for? The strike will last for one day but the EIS has also given notice of three additional days of strike action that may take place. These are Tuesday 5 February, Wednesday 6 March and Thursday 21 March 2019. The College will provide further updates in relation to any action being taken on these dates nearer the time.
Will this affect my bursary/EMA?
Please be assured that no students will be disadvantaged in regards to either their bursary or EMA funding as a consequence of the industrial action.
What will happen with my childcare payments if my class doesn’t take place?
All absences on this day will be authorised and your funding will not be affected.
I have received a letter telling me my class is cancelled?
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students the decision has been made to cancel some classes. If this affects you, we will contact you directly via email or letter.