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The Universities and College Union (UCU) has asked all of its members in British universities to take part in a marking boycott from April 28th 2014 if a national dispute over pay is not settled.
The proposed boycott is part of ongoing industrial action by UCU which has seen staff at Cardiff and other universities strike over pay issues.
Cardiff University is disappointed by the threat of the boycott and has asked the Union not to proceed. However, if a marking boycott does go ahead we will take every possible action to minimise its impact on those students who may be affected.
What is going to happen?
The Universities and College Union (UCU) has asked all of its members in British universities to take part in a marking boycott from April 28th 2014 should a dispute over pay not be settled. The majority of staff are not members of the Union so the impact of any boycott will be varied.
Why is UCU taking Industrial Action?
UCU is continuing its action over the 2013/14 national pay negotiations. UNISON and Unite have not expressed an intention, at this stage, to participate in this round of industrial action. The proposed boycott is the next stage in that ongoing action by UCU.
How will this affect Cardiff University?
Staff who are members of the Union may participate in the marking boycott, if it goes ahead. It could mean that essays, exams, and other forms of assessment are not marked. Tutorials or meetings to discuss academic feedback may also be affected.
Will the University be open?
Will my lecture or tutorial be cancelled?
If your lecture or tutorial relates to academic assessment or feedback, there may be some cancellations. Your School will notify you if this is likely to happen. Other scheduled lectures and seminars should continue as normal.
When will we know if the marking boycott is going ahead?
Negotiations take place at a national level and are ongoing at the moment. There is no set date for an outcome. Updates will be communicated to students through student Blas, the noticeboard and the University website. The University will take every possible measure to minimise the impact of the boycott on our students, should it go ahead.
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