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Resolution to marking boycott

The local branch of UCU have come to an agreement with the University to end the marking and assessment boycott. Read an update here.

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We recently updated you on plans by members of the UCU (a Union that represents University staff) to take part in a marking and assessment boycott.

The boycott was linked to industrial action taken by the UCU in relation to pay, pensions, casualisation and workload.

The good news is that the boycott has now ended! Alix Langley (The Universities Director of People and Culture) confirmed:

Following further discussions, Essex UCU has accepted the University’s offer to resolve the pay and pensions disputes. This ends the action short of a strike, including the marking and assessment boycott, which comes to an end with immediate effect. No further industrial action will be instigated under the current mandates.

The boycott might be over, but we are still keen to hear from you if you feel it has disadvantaged you in anyway. The University have told us that students will not be delayed in progressing, graduating or moving onto a year abroad or on placements.

If you feel like you have been affected, just fire off a quick email to sureps@essex.ac.uk or complete our Live Feedback Form and we will get on with supporting you straight away!


Kieran Kavanagh
1:03am on 28 Jun 22 The su is awful. Did not even say what the resolution was about or if it was good or bad or anything. Very rebel lol.
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