Two-day university strike could disrupt exams

The BBC is reporting that a two-day strike called by university lecturers this month could disrupt exams.

The walkout on 25 and 26 May is part of a pay dispute – with the University and College Union rejecting an offer of 1.1%.

Lecturers have also warned of escalating the dispute to disrupt the allocation of places after A-level exam results in the summer.

University employers described the decision to strike as “disappointing”.

The walk-out will involve academics, such as lecturers and researchers, but would also include university employees such as librarians.

The strike days are during the exam season – but the university employers’ body, the University and Colleges Employers’ Association, said individual universities would look at how they could minimise any impact on students taking exams.

“Industrial action which impacts on students is never taken lightly, but staff feel that they have been left with no alternative,” said Sally Hunt, general secretary of the UCU lecturers’ union.

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