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Message to all students from Professor Tim Quine, DVC Education - 6 March 2020

Dear Students,

Following on from my email a week ago, I would once again like to offer our apologies for continued disruption that you may have experienced in relation to missed teaching sessions. The third week of planned University and College Union (UCU) strike action has now ended, and at present there is one more week of action planned, which takes place next week, Monday 9 – Friday 13 March (five consecutive days).

We’re acutely aware there has been variation in the levels of disruption faced by students in different disciplines. Like last week, overall about 80% of teaching activity has gone ahead as planned so we would again like to stress how important it is for you to continue to attend all of your timetabled teaching sessions unless you hear from us or your lecturer that they are cancelled.

I would like to continue to reassure you that your education and welfare are our top priority and we are keeping a detailed record of the timetabled sessions that have been impacted. I have asked all colleagues participating in strike action to make teaching content available to you by the end of term 2 so please do keep checking ELE for any messages/content that has been posted.

The May exams will go ahead as planned and you should receive your timetable by Friday 6 March. We will ensure that you are not disadvantaged by the exam questions set – you will not have to answer questions covering subjects where teaching was disrupted. As mentioned previously, please continue to submit your assignments and coursework on time, unless you have been granted an extension by your college.

We have arranged a number of additional support sessions, which I encourage all students to attend. In addition to this, we’re running drop-ins sessions hosted by members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, the details of which are as follows:

  • Tuesday 10 March, 10-11am, Senior Common Room, Queen's Building, hosted by myself
  • Tuesday 10 March, 11-12 noon, Peter Lanyon Meeting Room, Penryn Campus, hosted by Professor Dave Hosken, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Cornwall

You can also access study skills support through the Study Zone – these pages also include links to online resources.

Your wellbeing is extremely important to us, and we would again like to highlight our self-help tool, SilverCloud, which you can access by creating an account using your University email address, as well as our wellbeing services at both the Exeter and Cornwall campuses – please do access these services if you need to.

Thank you again for your patience during this difficult period. We are continuing to keep the industrial action webpage updated, including detailed FAQs. However, should you have any specific questions please email

With best wishes,


Professor Tim Quine Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Professor of Earth Surface Science
College of Life and Environmental Sciences