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Industrial Action

Industrial Action 2023

Industrial Action in the form of strike action is continuing at our College.

Both teaching and support staff trade union members are taking strike action. This email tells you what this means for you and your classes.

You should attend your classes on campus as per your timetable unless you are told otherwise by your lecturer or your course team - with the exception of Friday 22 September. 

Classes on campus will not go ahead on Friday 22 September unless you are told otherwise by your lecturer or course team. Our campuses remain open with facilities including libraries and PCs available for students on these days.

Information on when and where strike action is planned to take place is provided in the table below.

Date

Campuses

Union striking 

Tuesday 19 September

All campuses open

Local teaching

Wednesday 20 September

All campuses open

Local teaching

Thursday 21 September

All campuses open

Local teaching

Friday 22 September

All campuses open

National teaching and support

EIS-FELA, the trade union which represents lecturers, has informed the college that its members plan to take further local strike on the dates below. Please come to campus as per your timetable unless your lecturer or course team tells you that your class is not going ahead. 

  • Monday 25 September
  • Tuesday 26 September
  • Wednesday 27 September
  • Thursday 28 September
  • Friday 29 September

  • Monday 2 October
  • Tuesday 3 October
  • Wednesday 4 October
  • Thursday 5 October
  • Friday 6 October

  • Monday 9 October
  • Tuesday 10 October
  • Wednesday 11 October
  • Thursday 12 October
  • Friday 13 October

Questions about upcoming strike days

Why are classes not going ahead on campus on Friday 22 September?

The strike on Friday 22 September is part of a national programme of Industrial Action by two trade unions – EIS FELA and Unison. This means that strikes are taking place at all of Scotland’s colleges, not just Edinburgh College, and includes both lecturers and support staff.

This means there is likely to be more staff on strike, which has led the College to take the decision to cancel classes on campus on Friday 22 September. Your lecturer will be in touch with you if they decide to run your class.

Will campuses stay open on strike days?

Yes. We plan to keep our campuses open for you to access our support services and facilities.

Will there be more strike days?

EIS-FELA, the trade union which represents lecturers, has informed the college that its members will be on strike on the dates below. Please come to campus as per your timetable unless your lecturer or course team tells you that your class is not going ahead. 

  • Monday 25 September
  • Tuesday 26 September
  • Wednesday 27 September
  • Thursday 28 September
  • Friday 29 September
  • Monday 2 October
  • Tuesday 3 October
  • Wednesday 4 October
  • Thursday 5 October
  • Friday 6 October
  • Monday 9 October
  • Tuesday 10 October
  • Wednesday 11 October
  • Thursday 12 October
  • Friday 13 October
Will student support payments be affected?

The strike days will not affect your student support payments.

EIS-FELA National Industrial Action 2023

Action Short of Strike

EIS-FELA national industrial action is still taking place. This means teaching staff are carrying out Action Short of Strike. Action Short of Strike includes a resulting boycott and the withdrawal of good will, this means that lecturers will not upload student assessment results to college systems, they will however ensure that assessments go ahead, are marked as usual and outcomes of assessments and feedback are provided to students unless embargoed by the awarding body. Unfortunately, this will result in a delay in the processing of results to awarding bodies and in the issue of certification for some students. Please be assured that the College is taking all possible measures to minimise any negative impact to your studies and progression. 

Who can I speak to?

Our staff are committed to supporting you to complete your studies. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact courseapps@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.  

Questions about Action Short of Strike

Why is the resulting boycott happening?

The resulting boycott is part of ongoing national industrial action by members of the EIS-FELA (the trade union which represents college lecturers) and is the result of an ongoing dispute over pay for lecturing staff.

As part of this ongoing national industrial action, some lecturers at Edinburgh College, and other colleges across Scotland, are taking part in ‘Action Short of Strike’, which includes a resulting boycott.

What does the resulting boycott mean?

The resulting boycott means that although course assessments have been marked as normal, some lecturers have not entered results into the College’s records system. And so, the College can’t share results with the organisations that award student certificates.

The College apologises for this situation and will do all it can to support students, and get their results and certificates to them ASAP.

Are all lecturers taking part in the resulting boycott?

No. The resulting boycott is only being undertaken by those lecturers taking part in the EIS – FELA industrial action. Some Edinburgh College lecturers have provided results to the College, and the College has passed these onto the organisations who provide certificates.

What is the College doing about this?

Please be assured that the College is taking all possible measures to minimise any negative impact to students. More information on the measures we have in place is included in the answers below.

How will I know if my results have been affected by the resulting boycott?

You can access your results via MySQA, if you have previously activated your account. Or visit the Edinburgh College Student Portal and select the ‘ACADEMIC RESULTS’ button at the bottom of the homepage.

From Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 August, 9am – 4pm, we will have a dedicated phone line for students to call to speak to our teams about their situation. You can call the College on 0131 669 4400, and select ‘option 1’ to speak to someone about your results.

I have an unconditional offer for university, will I be able to progress onto my university course?

You will be able to take up your place as normal.  Please contact the university admissions department to confirm this. Your course certificate at Edinburgh College in the 2022/23 academic year will arrive as soon as we are able to enter the results of your college assessments.

I have a conditional offer for university/another college and my conditions relate to NQ external assessment (Advanced Higher, Higher, National 5). Will I receive my results as normal?

You will receive your exam results as expected on Tuesday 8 August by post (also by text and email if you have signed up to MySQA).

I have a conditional offer for university/another college and my conditions relate to the course I took at Edinburgh College in the 2022/23 academic year. I have not received formal confirmation of my results, what should I do?

Where we know about your conditional offer (e.g. UCAS application using the Edinburgh College buzzword), we are liaising with other Universities and Colleges to ensure that they are aware of the situation and, where possible, to support your progression. We also recommend that you contact the relevant admissions office to explain your situation.  If you have received confirmation of results by email from teaching staff (e.g. achievement of Graded unit), the institution may accept this as evidence that you have achieved a specific grade.

I wish to progress on to the next level course at Edinburgh College but needed to pass my course in the 2022/23 academic year. I am sure that I passed but I don’t have confirmation.

We are working through internal conditional offers and will use all available assessment information to ensure that students receive course offers at the right level. If you progress to the next year of your course or onto another Edinburgh College course and then subsequently find out you have failed units in your 2022/23 course, you will be given reassessment opportunities at a suitable point during the next academic year (2023/24).

I studied an HN/HNC/HND when will I receive my certificate from SQA?

Certificates are sent out on an ongoing basis when all results for the qualification have been entered.

I am in my final year of my course. How will I receive my qualification if any results are missing?

Certificates are sent out on an ongoing basis when all results for the qualification have been entered. For courses where no group award is expected, SQA provide updated certificates of the achievement of all unit qualifications.

Will I still be able to graduate even though my results are missing?

The College will shortly be confirming arrangements for graduation and if you have any questions please contact: graduation@edinburghcollege.ac.uk 

I am on an accredited/professional degree programme, will my results be affected?

Your results may be affected if all results have not been entered for the qualification, as with other courses leading to a recognised qualification award.

I have a job offer and my employer wishes to see evidence of my academic achievement. I have not yet received my results. What should I do?

Please contact us at courseapps@edinburghcollege.ac.uk or call 0131 669 4400.

The situation is affecting my mental health and wellbeing, can I get support?

We understand that this may be a worrying and frustrating time for students. If you would like to speak to some about how you are feeling or would benefit from some support, please contact our Wellbeing team. 

I am concerned and want to speak to someone about my situation, what should I do?

We understand that this may be a difficult time for students who are awaiting their results, if you have any questions or concerns about your situation, please contact us via the below methods:

Telephone: 0131 669 4400, Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 August, 9am – 4pm (select option 1)
Email: courseapps@edinburghcollege.ac.u