Potential significant disruption alert! Due to proposed severe downgrades to the pensions of academic staff, and after years of discussion to try to find a solution, the union representing such staff, UCU, is balloting its members over strike action. If the vote is in favour, as is likely, there could be significant disruption to universities starting in late January/early February. Lecturers never want to disrupt students' degrees, and we very much hopethat these strikes don't happen. But for the strikes to be avoided a big change of position from universities is likely to be required.
You can read more about the reasons for this dispute here. If you support the position of your lecturers, or you are concerned about the possible disruption for your course, you could email the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Keith Burnett, to say so. (What would I say?)
I'm very happy to answer any questions on this on the course discussion board.
What could you write to the Vice-Chancellor? That's completely up to you! You could, if you wanted, mention that
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Dr Sam Marsh
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