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All New Updates on UCU Marking Boycott & Strike Action

As I'm sure many of you are aware, since the 23rd May members of UCU (University and College Union) have been on a Marking Boycott and were looking to go on strike for five days between 20-24th June. This marking boycott was over pay and working conditions. During this period, UCU and University senior management have been in discussion about finding a solution that is acceptable on both sides and that ends the marking boycott and cancels the strike action. 

On the 8th June, the University took a new proposal to UCU which has been accepted. This means that the marking boycott and proposed 5 days of strike action will no longer take place. Marking and graduations will continue as previously planned and no further industrial action will take place this term.

We are delighted to be able to share this news with you as we know this has been a really stressful time for many of you and we hope it is relieving to hear that all of your assessments and exams will be marked as normal. 

We are delighted to see the dispute come to a successful resolution. As a sabbatical team, we have continually lobbied the university on this issue throughout the year, putting your voice first throughout and standing in solidarity with UCU following our poll to the whole campus. We know your school and course reps, and many other students, have worked together to make these outcomes possible, and we would like to thank them for their work.

You can find the final agreed proposal here and read the joint statements which the University and UCU have written on the USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) pension scheme and UCEA (Universities and Colleges Employers Association) here. 

We hope this relieves some stress as we come to the end of term but as always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. We wish you the best of luck with any remaining exams or assessments.