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groddy VIP Member

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#1 13 years ago

I wanted to know what people thought about this,so here goes:

Currently Lecturers and teaching staff at British universities and higer education institutes are boycotting teaching over pay and working issues.

At the moment they are refusing to mark submitted work by students and boycotting end of year exams by not setting them at all. The knock on effect of this at the end of the day is simple, students will either recieve there degress late or not at all depending on when the NUS (National Union Of Students) and the Unions representing the teaching staff can resolve this conflict.

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What do you all think about this,is there an easy answer to this or is this going to drag out and have a knock on effect on thousands of students in the UK?

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#2 13 years ago

Well it certain is a strong tool for the teachers to get what they want (can't tell if they deserve it, I don't know enough about the issue for that). I say that if the boycotts get taken into account allowing students to still pass their class (or finish university) it's much less of a problem though any form of delay may have a very large effect for people (who want to go on holidays, go to their new job ASAP with the degree the expected to get by the end of this univerity year etc.).

An alternative would be if they would give the exans and lectures but refuse to check them. That way students could still finish their work and wait for it all to settle down. I can't think of any other tool for the teacher to get what they want though that would not affect the students.

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#3 13 years ago

I think this is disgusting, that people might not get degrees they've spent years and thousands of pounds working towards sickens me. This might fuck up peoples' lives for years just so some teacher with a stick up their arse can get a bit more money. The government needs to force an end to this, hire in people to set and mark the exams from abroad if necesary, suspend the right to strike for teachers and fire a few of them. We can't have them holding peoples' lives hostage every time they want a bit of money.


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#4 13 years ago

yeah , we might not be marked this year , that would be a waste of one year for me, they can protest all they want but playing with the future of students is unethical.

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#5 13 years ago

beat them all up.


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#6 13 years ago

Heh, it's affecting me too - I'm supposed to graduate this year but the strike could delay that I guess. Some of my lecturers are taking it seriously I think but others less so. My dissertation supervisor basically said he couldn't give me any written feedback on my drafts but if I came to see him he would be able to tell me. Similar with other coursework that I've handed in - it hasn't officially been marked or passed on to the second marker but I've had a photocopy of the coversheet back with comments on but no mark.

It's unacceptable really to take this action when it affects students, their marks, teaching and possibly their prospects after graduation so much.