Update on UCU industrial action


As a University, we’re very lucky to have such a rich history and the Royal Holloway you are students at today is formed from two colleges, founded by two social pioneers, Elizabeth Jesser Reid and Thomas Holloway. We have a rich history of supporting women’s rights and suffrage, and we’re very proud that Emily Wilding Davison was a former student at Royal Holloway and Bedford College. You can find out more about this here.

With this in mind, we understand colleagues’ right to strike and take part in industrial action. First and foremost, though, we’re very mindful of our responsibility to reduce the impact of any industrial action may have on you, our student community.

Below, you will find FAQs including information on the action - what it means, why it’s happening and how it may impact you and your studies. If you feel like your questions aren’t answered by the FAQs, please speak to your Personal Tutor or School Office in the first instance, or email

Support for students

We understand the uncertainty may have an impact on your personal mental health and wellbeing and we are ready to support you as best we can.  The Wellbeing teams are available to help and you can find details of how to access support here.  We encourage you to let the teams know if you are worried or if you are worried about another student. 

FAQs on the Industrial Action Hardship Fund