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'No detriment' approach

UCU’s Marking and Assessment Boycott and the University’s ‘no detriment’ approach– how will this affect you?

The University and College Union’s marking and assessment boycott began on Thursday 20 April 2023 and will last until 30 September 2023, coinciding with the University’s assessment and resit periods, unless a resolution can be reached sooner.

While most students will be unaffected by this action, we recognise that you may have questions about what this may mean for you.

As many colleagues will not be participating in the marking and assessment boycott, and those who are doing so are not required to declare in advance, it is very difficult for us to predict the impact at an individual level before assessment deadlines have been reached. However, your school will be monitoring the impact as the assessment period progresses and will be able to provide further advice following the Exam Boards. 

You should not change anything about your preparations for exams and assessments on account of the planned industrial action, it is in your best interests to prepare as normal, sit your exams and to assume that all your submitted work will be marked.

The University has introduced a ‘no detriment’ approach to enable students whose assessments are impacted by the marking and assessment boycott to progress to the next stage of their programme or graduate, where possible, with the reassurance that their academic outcomes will not be seriously affected by this industrial action. 

Below you will find further detail on the ‘no detriment’ approach, how it will be applied depending on your stage of study, and sources of further information and support. We have also created a series of infographics to explain how the 'no detriment' approach may affect you.

Please watch the video from Professor Ruth Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education, in which she introduces the ‘no detriment’ approach and how it will be used to support students.