UCU Marking Boycott – Keep Calm and Carry on!

UCU Marking Boycott – This boycott WILL have consequences for ALL University of Chester students, IF pay negotiations have not been finalized by April 28. 

Please follow the guidance from your SU carefully and act accordingly. The Students’ Unions official stance will be decided at the AGM on 7 April. This is guidance for students as to the actions you may wish to take to encourage an end to the boycott as soon as possible.

From 28th April, UCU has called a national marking boycott as a result of the ongoing pay dispute between Universities and staff. The employers have offered a 1% salary increase which has been rejected on the basis that this is below inflation pay, therefore since 2009 University staff have had a real-terms pay cut of 13% whilst senior staff have received an increase in their yearly salaries.1620690_285156284965664_1643450920_n

What is a marking boycott?

All member of UCU at the University will cease to mark work after 28 April.

How will this affect you?

If there is no resolution before 28 April, lecturers will stop marking YOUR work (This applies to ALL levels of students). They will continue to teach and take seminars and lectures but they will not mark any work. This could essentially result in the assessment award boards not meeting and therefore your marks will not be processed, delaying your results coming through. This will be highly important for those wanting to graduate in November.

Keep calm and carry on!

Chester Students’ Union have urged all parties to get around the table to settle an agreement which is fair for the University staff but which also secures minimal disruption at a time which is already highly stressful for you!

The stance which the Students’ Union takes is in YOUR hands, we are voting at the AGM on 7 April. (see below).

What can you do?

  • This Wednesday 2 April, 4-6pm in Binks 011 we are holding a question and answer session in which YOU can question members of UCU about the marking boycott


  • On 7 April, 5pm in Molloy 006 at the Chester Students’ Union Annual General Meeting we will be voting on what STANCE YOU would like the Students’ Union to take; To support the marking boycott or not



  • You can email the Vice-Chancellor at t.wheeler@chester.ac.uk calling on him to press the national negotiators to make staff a better offer.


  • Dear [ Vice-Chancellor],
  • I am a University of Chester student and I am writing to request that the University uses its power to end the pay dispute with the University and College Union. The higher education sector can and should make a fair offer that brings an end to the real-terms pay cut that staff have experienced since 2009.  Please make a public statement that calls on UCEA to make a fair pay offer so that the dispute can be ended before my education, and the education of thousands of other students, is further disrupted.
  • Yours,[Name]

Help US to get ALL parties concerned around the table to
end this dispute before it impacts ant further on YOUR education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me at constrikesu.aw@chester.ac.uk


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