What can I do?

Whilst the prospect of students not being able to graduate or progress with their course  would be a matter of deep regret for all concerned, the sole responsibility for this lies with University management and UCEA, not individual staff that are fighting for the pay they deserve.

Further to this, on April 3rd, UEA announced that it would be docking 100% pay from all staff that participate in the marking boycott. We believe this to be a a deeply unfair attack on the rights of staff, which will only serve to drag out the pay dispute even longer.

Therefore…

  • We are asking that you email our Vice Chancellor, Professor Edward Acton, calling on him to press national negotiators to make our staff a better offer. (Draft emails are found below)
  • Speak with your lecturers and other university staff and let them know you support them.
  • Keep updated. We will be posting updates, events, and opportunities for you to help pressure University management and employers.

If you have any queries, please feel free to drop by the Student Officer Centre in Union House any time, 9am-5pm on weekdays, or email union.communications@uea.ac.uk.


DRAFT EMAIL CONCERNING 100% PAY DOCK

Dear Professor Edward Acton,

It has come to my attention that the University will be deducting 100% pay from staff that participate in the UCU Marking Boycott on April 28th. I believe this to be a deeply unfair attack on the rights of staff, which will only serve to drag out the pay dispute even longer. Furthermore, this is likely to cause greater disruption to my academic progression.

UEA states that it is seeking to minimize the potential impact on students, and hopes that the dispute will be resolved before April 28th. It is clear to me that for a fair pay deal to be reached as soon as possible, students, staff and universities must stand together. UEA should not be intimidating staff with the threat of pay removal, and undermining their fight for fair pay. The University should be lobbying UCEA to ensure a decent settlement is made in the upcoming negotiations on April 15th, before any further disruption is caused.

As a student at UEA, I demand that you reconsider this recent announcement, respect the democratic rights of staff, and pressure UCEA to meet the grievances of UCU and its members.

Yours sincerely,

 

ORIGINAL DRAFT EMAIL (Final year students)

If you are in your final year, here is our draft email that you can send to the Vice Chancellor at e.acton@uea.ac.uk. Please scroll below if you are not in your final year.

“Dear Vice Chancellor,

As a student at UEA, I would like to express my deep concerns to you and the University Executive regarding the on-going pay disputes in higher education. The UCU has announced their intention to begin a marking boycott on the 28th of April as the next stage of their nation-wide industrial action for a fair pay rise.

I understand our teaching staff’s grievances and support their right to fair pay.

Meanwhile, this boycott stands to affect my academic progression. As a final year student, I am concerned that a marking boycott either in the run-up to my exam preparation or in term 3, would have a serious and disproportionate effect on my future. These actions could delay the release of my final grades and produce an additional burden in these important times of finishing our degrees. Many students are applying for internships and jobs either in the UK or abroad; indeed many of us have already secured jobs, which would be forfeit should there be any delay in marking.

The prospect of students not being able to graduate or progress with our courses would be a matter of deep regret for all concerned, but the sole responsibility for this lies with University management and UCEA.

Therefore, I ask you to use your active engagement to pressure UCEA to meet the grievances of UCU and its members at UEA before our studies and those of thousands of other are further disrupted.

Yours sincerely,

xxxxx”


DRAFT EMAIL (Non-final year students)

If you are NOT in your final year, here is a draft email for you to send:

“Dear Vice Chancellor,

As a student at UEA, I would like to express my deep concerns to you and the University Executive regarding the on-going pay disputes in higher education. The UCU has announced their intention to begin a marking boycott on the 28th of April as the next stage of their nation-wide industrial action for a fair pay rise.

I understand our teaching staff’s grievances and support their right to fair pay.

Meanwhile, this boycott stands to affect my academic progression. As a current student, I am concerned that a marking boycott either in the run-up to my exam preparation or in term 3, would have a serious and disproportionate effect on my future. These actions could delay the release of my final grades and produce an additional burden in not knowing whether I have progressed into the next year, or if so, with what grade. Many students are applying for internships, work experience and jobs either in the UK or abroad during the summer which would be forfeit should there be any delay in marking.

The prospect of students not being able to progress with our courses would be a matter of deep regret for all concerned, but the sole responsibility for this lies with University management and UCEA.

Therefore, I ask you to use your active engagement to pressure UCEA to meet the grievances of UCU and its members at UEA before our studies and those of thousands of other are further disrupted.

Yours sincerely,

xxxxx”

 

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