Dispute dispatches

March 31, 2006

* Institute of Education: staff report module assessments not being marked. An exam board has been cancelled because marking had not been completed and staff were not planning to attend. Helpdesks in the library and in computing have been closed if staff on the rota are absent

* Reading University: staff report marking has stopped in departments in the life sciences faculty - final-year undergraduate projects are due in at the end of the week * Bristol University: oral exams for veterinary students under threat of cancellation. Assessment of coursework, which contributes up to 20 per cent of end-of-year marks, is under threat

* Cambridge University: indefinite postponement of scheduled PhD viva (at another institution where the internal examiner is an Association of University Teachers member) until action called off

* Sheffield University: setting of spring semester exam papers disrupted. Either AUT members are not submitting questions to co-ordinators or co-ordinators are not assembling papers for the exam board. Appraisals on hold

* Open University: exam and assessment boycott has hit the media studies new second-level and MA courses - AUT members are not undertaking any exam and assessment-related activity

* Northampton University: a union representative reports that there have been no exam boards so far. Modules are failing to progress and work not being marked. There is a backlog of exam scripts and oral presentation results have not been given to students

* One Northern lecturer reports: "I am an external examiner for a PhD at another university. The date for viva is May 12 but it will not take place if the dispute is not resolved."

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