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Industrial action update – 17 April 

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Earlier this month, we told you that The University and College Union (UCU) had been granted an extension of its mandate to take industrial action until September 2023. 

The UCU have now announced their Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) will include a marking and assessment boycott, beginning on Thursday 20 April. 

What is a marking and assessment boycott? 

UCU define a marking and assessment boycott as the stopping of “all marking and assessment processes that contribute to summative assessment decisions for students/learners, whether final (i.e. graduation/completion) or interim (i.e. progression decisions).” 

While we expect that many staff will continue to work normally, we also acknowledge that some will be exercising their legal right to take industrial action. 

Will the boycott affect me? 

It depends on your course or school; many of our students will experience little or no disruption. 

For those who are impacted, our focus is on minimising the disruption to studies. Measures are currently being put in place to prioritise progression to the next level of your studies or graduation this summer. 

Next steps 

We understand that these are difficult and challenging times and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to support our staff and students and mitigate any impact on your studies.

For more information, please see our Strike action: information. for students page