Tuesday 11 November 2014
On Tuesday 11 November, Queen Mary wrote to all students with regards to possible industrial action by University and College Union (UCU) members. Read the message in full below:
The University and College Union (UCU) has called on its members to take industrial action short of a strike in the form of an assessment and marking boycott. The industrial action, which started on Thursday 6 November, followed a ballot by the UCU of its members in October over proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the pension scheme open to staff at QMUL and many other UK universities. The scheme, which is not run by QMUL, is currently operating with a significant deficit and the changes that are being proposed are designed to address and reduce that deficit by moving to a different way of calculating members’ pensions in the future, while still keeping them attractive and competitive.
It is too early to say what the effect of the marking and assessment boycott will be on our students; we do not know how many members of the UCU will participate or how long the action will last. We will do everything we can to minimise the impact and will keep you informed of progress. The discussions to find a solution continue, a further meeting took place on Friday 7 November and another will take place on Thursday 13 November.
Please visit the Student Enquiry Centre website where frequently asked questions are available and where you can direct further questions: http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/exams/Marking-2014/142865.html
Queen Mary University of London