University strikes this December

29 November 2021


The University and College Union has announced three days of industrial action, including strikes, due to take place between Wednesday 1 and Friday 3 December 2021.

As you know, your institution is obliged to monitor your attendance as part of its duties to the Home Office as a Student sponsor.

Home Office guidance instructs institutions on how they should record attendance points that have been cancelled. Annex A of document 2 of the Student Sponsor guidance (named 'Sponsorship duties' and available on this page) provides examples of how reporting duties should be applied in various circumstances. Here, the Home Office states, in case study 10, that classes, seminars etc cancelled due to industrial action should not:

  • be treated as unauthorised absences, which means that they should be considered to be authorised absences
  • count towards the 10 missed expected contact points that would otherwise prompt an institution report to the Home Office.

This means that if any of your contact points, including classes, seminars, lectures or meetings with tutors and supervisors, are cancelled, the Home Office has told your institution that this should have no impact on your attendance record for immigration purposes.

If your timetable or any of your lectures or seminars may be affected by the proposed strike action, and you are unsure or worried about how your institution will record any missed or cancelled contact points, please seek advice from the Immigration Advice team or Students’ Union at your institution. You might want to ask about online provision if you do not wish to cross a picket line but your attendance is still required.

The Office for Students has guidance for students who might be affected by this industrial action.

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator has published guidance and a number of case summaries, illustrating how it dealt with a wide range of complaints (not just immigration-related) arising from previous strikes.