As you may be aware, there is currently a dispute taking place between this university’s management and the academic staff union (UCU) over the threat of job cuts to over 200 staff posts. As part of the campaign against these cuts, members of UCU are currently engaged in an assessment boycott, which means that staff will not be marking any form of assessment (including coursework and exams) until after this dispute is over.
We understand that will cause some inconvenience to students and for that we apologise to all affected students. However, we have been left with no choice, as management have been unwilling to seriously negotiate with the staff unions to reach an acceptable agreement for all parties. Staff who given years of dedicated service to this university now find themselves under threat of redundancy and, in the long term, cuts to staff posts will mean a poorer quality of education for all students.
If you are affected by the assessment boycott, there are a number of things you can do:
Find out more and get involved in the student campaign against job cuts at this university. The University of Westminster Students Union supports the staff campaign against job cuts, and you can read more about the Fight Cuts campaign here: http://fightcutsatuow.blogspot.com/
Write to the Vice-Chancellor ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) urging him to resume serious negotiations with the staff unions. There is also a letter-writing campaign, which you can read more about here: http://fouw.wordpress.com/
Our management would like a university run for profit before education. The assessment boycott may mean getting your results back a little late, and this is not something that staff take lightly (for every day that the assessment boycott continues, staff are being docked 50% of our pay). However, we hope you will agree that this is a small inconvenience that must be shouldered in the fight against job cuts. Please join us in this campaign – together we have a better chance of shaping the future of this university.