The Telegraph is reporting that academics from Britain’s top universities including Oxford and Cambridge could refuse to mark students’ work as part of a bitter row over pensions…
The University and College Union said it was balloting members over a proposed exams boycott amid claims professors risk seeing up to £230,000 stripped from their retirement funds.
It is believed the action would result in academics refusing to grade students’ coursework and exams later this academic year – causing chaos in universities and even preventing some students from graduating. Unions could also take full strike action.
A similar boycott was proposed during the last academic year but called off pending talks between unions and employers.
The move would affect 67 universities across the UK including many of the most sought-after institutions.
This includes all 24 members of the Russell Group, which represents Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, Edinburgh, Durham, Nottingham and Manchester.
According to the UCU, universities are proposing ending a final salary pension scheme, introducing a £40,000 earnings cap on benefit entitlements and demanding staff pay more into their retirement fund.
Changes affect the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), which is run by 67 institutions.
An analysis by the union estimated that a 40-year-old academic earning £75,000 a year would lose a total of £230,000 under the changes.
But the claims were criticised by universities as premature, especially when talks over the changes had not even started…
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