It is with great regret and after careful consideration that we have taken the unprecedented decision to cancel this year's Science and Engineering Day on Saturday 10 March 2018.

You may have seen news coverage that the University and College Union (UCU) are currently in a national dispute with sixty university employers over proposed changes to one of the sector's pension schemes. The industrial action is scheduled to begin on Thursday 22 February and is set to continue over the period of the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF).

Since it began 16 years ago, Science and Engineering Day has depended on the amazing voluntary effort of researchers and other staff. As UCU members are not obliged to notify the University in advance of their intention to take action, we are not in a position to know definitively how many activities/talks/workshops will be running on the day.

We have been predicting that around 10,000 people would be attending this year's event. In the light of fundamental uncertainty about which areas of the event will be in operation on the day, we cannot guarantee the great experience that you would expect or the usual level of safe service for our visitors.

Wider Festival Events

The events in the wider Southampton Science and Engineering Festival are with partner organisations and are still going ahead. Please click here to find out more.

Winchester Science Centre

If you are looking for an alternative science related activity during March 2018, the Winchester Science Centre is offering you a 20% discount, as a registered ticket holder at SOTSEF. Just show your Science and Engineering Day ticket at the front desk.

Southampton Science & Engineering Events later in 2018

We will be looking to build on the incredible amount of preparation for Science and Engineering Day by running some of the events and activities later in the year. If you would like to be kept informed follow @UoS_Engagement on Twitter, on Facebook or email festival@soton.ac.uk to join the mailing list.

Science and Engineering Day 2019

We look forward to welcoming you back to an even bigger and better Science and Engineering Day on Saturday 16th March 2019 – please save the date.

Thank you for your support,

Emma and Steve on behalf of the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day team.

You can read the University's statement on the industrial action here.