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."

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

Globalisation

Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the top 200 most outward-looking institutions

Common cactus finch (Geospiza scandens)

Tiffany Taylor on a thought-provoking view of the forces acting to ensure survival

Stressed businessman answering four telephones

Some surveys show faculty putting in at least 60 hours a week, but research casts doubt on whether this is a productive routine

Student asking question during class

University of Reading research finds link between undergraduate satisfaction and ethnicity of lecturers

Level of quality compass

Authors argue this means universities should spend less on senior academics and give promising younger scholars more of a chance