University staff exam marking boycott may hit graduations

Students in the United Kingdom face potential delays in their degree results and graduations this summer after the University and College Union (UCU) said it would go ahead with industrial action over pay that could result in exams and essays being left unmarked, writes Richard Adams for The Guardian.

While UCU members called a halt to the union’s long-running dispute over pensions, after 85% voted to accept a deal to improve retirement benefits, they also voted to reject an offer on pay and working conditions, triggering the marking boycott starting on Thursday 20 April.

Jo Grady, the UCU’s general secretary, said employers needed to return to negotiations to avoid delays caused by the assessment boycott by members working at 145 UK universities. “University staff have been clear that they want a better deal, and it is in the interests of employers to make an enhanced offer and prevent serious disruption hitting graduations,” Grady said.
Full report on The Guardian site