Students may miss graduation over lecturers strike

Some students could miss graduation. Picture: Bill Henry (Posed by model)
Some students could miss graduation. Picture: Bill Henry (Posed by model)
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THOUSANDS of students could miss graduating after lecturers threatened a marking boycott, as part of a bitter dispute over pay.

The University and College Unions said its members would use the “ultimate sanction” available to them if an ongoing pay wrangle is not resolved in the next two months.

Academics have already held a series of strikes in protest at a one per cent pay deal.

UCU general-secretary Sally Hunt said: “A marking boycott is the ultimate sanction, but an avoidable one if employers refuse to negotiate with us over pay. No member I have spoken to wishes to see this escalate, but in the continued absence of meaningful negotiations, we are left with no alternative.”

Figures produced by the UCU showed many in senior management have enjoyed double-digit raises. Professor Steve Chapman, principal of Heriot-Watt University, received a 24 per cent rise to bring his overall package, excluding pensions contributions, to £210,000, and Professor Dame Joan Stringer, outgoing principal of Edinburgh Napier, received an 11 per cent rise.