Students to protest against marking boycott at University Court

STUDENTS have organised a protest to pressure the University into discussions to prevent the marking boycott, which could be threatening students’ graduations this year.

Photo - Lawrence Cullen

Photo – Lawrence Cullen

On Friday (21st), the University will be holding its annual meeting of its Court, the highest body, whose role is “to provide a public forum for communication and discussion of the University’s activities”, according to the University’s website.

Aberystwyth students, supported by the Union, have planned an intervention to “encourage the university administration to pressure the UCEA to engage in talks with the Unions and prevent the marking boycott”.

The boycott has been planned by UCU following last year’s rejection of the 1% pay rise offered to staff by employers by UCU, Unison and Unite. They claimed that it equated to a 13% pay cut in real terms since October 2008, pointing out that vice-chancellors received wage increases averaging over 5%, with some said to now be receiving well over £350,000.

Members of UCU will be taking the boycott action this April unless the situation is resolved before then.

UCU have released a briefing note for students on the boycott, which can be found here. The Students’ Union are to release a set of FAQs, organised by Education Officer Grace Burton, for Aberystwyth students in due course.

The protest is to take place at 2.30pm outside the International Politics building. Later today, there is a placard making session in the Committee room in the Students’ Union (at 5:30).