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Suspension of national UCU staff assessment boycott

The national University and College Union (UCU) assessment and marking boycott that began on 6 November has been suspended.

The action, which was just short of a full strike, was due to a national dispute about pensions. The staff engaged in the action were not setting assessments or marking work. Sussex students have been informed that they should continue to submit their assessments and engage in examinations as normal.

A statement released on 20 November by UCU and Universities UK showed that an agreement had been reached to suspend the industrial action in order to allow further talks on pensions to take place.

Michael SegalovMichael Segalov, Students' Union Communications Officer, said:

We welcome the news that the national body that represents Sussex University alongside the other institutions is to return to the negotiating table with the UCU, and hope that Universities UK return with a fair deal for staff.
However, we are aware that staff at Sussex had voted to express that they wished to continue the action, and would have supported this action too should the UCU nationally have decided to take this route.
In meetings with Clare Mackie, Pro Vice Chancellor Teaching and Learning, I made it clear that the University docking staff pay and writing threatening emails was unacceptable, and we will continue to support students and staff in these situations.
 

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