Boycott of assessment and examinations activity

Submitted by admin on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 19:33

The boycott of assessment and examinations activity is industrial action short of a strike that will start on November 6th. It is an attempt to prevent the detrimental changes to our USS pension scheme and was democratically supported by the membership in the recent ballot. A leaflet explaining the details of the boycott is attached to this item but the key part is as follows:

"'Assessment' covers:

Any form of student work which attracts a mark or score or other form of evaluation from the member of staff, and which formally contributes to the award or classification of any degree, certificate, diploma or any other formal qualification. As well as final awards or qualifications, the boycott also applies to assessments which determine or contribute to decisions relating to a student’s suitability to continue with their studies or to undertake particular courses or options, even where such assessments do not contribute to the final award.

Assessment, therefore, includes any assessed work on all courses, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, full-time or part-time and whether delivered on campus or by distance learning. It includes all forms of assessed student work, not only formal examinations. Thus, essays, project work, placements, practical work and performance are included, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and theses, including research degrees."

Please make sure that you support this boycott because anybody who does not will be exposing those who do as well as undermining the effectiveness of our action.