Sunday, May 19, 2024

Edinburgh University Students Plan Graduation Protests Over Delayed Results

Students at the University of Edinburgh are planning peaceful protests at graduations after being told their results will be delayed.

The university said the decision was in response to a UK-wide marking boycott.

It could mean up to 2,000 of its students will graduate without knowing their final mark.

Some students said they may refuse to shake hands with the principal or wear gowns at their graduation ceremonies in protest.

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Laura Brady, who studied French and Italian at Edinburgh, said the ceremonies next month would be an opportunity for students’ voices to be heard.

The marking boycott is part of industrial action being taken by members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 145 UK institutions in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

Universities are taking independent decisions about how to minimise the impact of the marking boycott at each institution, so the effect on students will vary.

The University of Cambridge, for example, has confirmed students will not be able to graduate until all their work has been marked.

However the University of Edinburgh emailed students in certain schools saying a decision on the outcome of their degree had been delayed.

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