Message from Gavin Brooks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning):
As you might be aware, the University and College Union (UCU) currently is in dispute with a number of Universities in the sector, of which Reading is one, about proposed changes to the pension arrangements for members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Those UCU members who are participating in the action began a boycott of assessment and marking, including the setting and marking of examinations, from Thursday 6 November. On behalf of the University, I would like to assure you that we are doing all within our power to ensure that the learning experience of our students is maintained throughout the period of industrial action and that assessed work will be set and marked in the normal manner and within the expected timeframe wherever possible. If you have any concerns about how the industrial action might affect you, please contact your School or Department.
The University has received official confirmation that the current industrial action has been suspended with effect from 20 November until after a national meeting scheduled for 15 January 2015.
Professor Gavin Brooks said:
Further to my recent message concerning the University and College Union (UCU) dispute and the possible boycott of assessment and marking of student work by some University of Reading staff who are members of UCU, I am pleased to report that the current industrial action has been suspended with effect from 19 November until at least after 15 January 2015 when the USS Joint Negotiating Committee is next scheduled to meet. The University has asked staff who took part in the industrial action to make up any missed work (that includes work to be assessed) within a reasonable time scale. If you have any concerns about how this might affect you, please contact your School or Department.