Hundreds of thousands of students across the UK are expected to be affected in a marking boycott due to start on the 6th November, which was proposed by the University and College Union.
The proposed boycott comes out of a disagreement over the changes being planned for academic staff pensions. As a part of the boycott, academic staff are expected to refuse the marking of essays, coursework and exam manuscripts until the issue has been resolved, a move that could potentially harm a huge number of full and part-time undergraduate degree students.
Although this boycott will be occurring at universities across the UK, it will be study as usual at GSM London as we are not involved in this boycott.
“A damaging course of industrial action”
Universities UK, the definitive voice for universities in the UK, has called the proposition “a damaging course of industrial action” as reported by the BBC. While the union, which is acting on behalf of the universities, is willing to meet to discuss the issue before the boycott, talks between the two parties are scheduled for the day after the start of the proposed embargo.
It is thought that the news comes after Universities UK has attempted to reform the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), which they have said is necessary as the scheme is in deficit.
While Universities UK is stating that it is disappointed over such a “damaging course of industrial action, aimed directly at disrupting students’ education,” the University and College Union has said that the proposals were “full of holes.”
The move, which is set to impact on numerous London computer science degree students and those of other courses around the UK, is expected to be of huge interest to both lecturers and students, whereby lecturers are expected to receive pensions calculated on ‘career average’ earnings rather than a ‘final salary’ pension if these plans are to go ahead. While academics are strongly opposing such plans, critics of their actions are concerned over the impact to be incurred by students.
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