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What is happening? 

UCU (The University and College Union) have announced additional industrial action in 2023. This industrial action which previously included the strike experienced earlier in the year and Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) now includes a Marking and Assessment Boycott (MAB). You can find out what this means below. 

Some of you may be affected by the action. Because not all University of Brighton staff are members of UCU, not all students will be affected. 

The University has published some information about the earlier strikes which you can see here

Marking and Assessment Boycott

Deborah Humphries, Vice Chancellor, recently said “I am hugely disappointed to have to confirm that the University and College Union (UCU) has informed the University that, as part of national action, it is extending its current action short of strike to now include a boycott of all marking and assessment processes with effect from 20 April 2023.”

We know that this action comes at the time of year designed to cause the most impact on students. The good news is that BSU have been working with the university to ensure that the impact of the industrial action is minimised as much as it can be. This means Supplementary Regulations have been put in place to help reduce the impact on receiving your award or progression decision.

The Supplementary Regulations are complex, but the Dean of your School will have contacted you already about how you will be affected. If you have any questions about how you will be impacted, you should contact your School Office in the first instance.“ - Deborah Humphries, Vice Chancellor, April 2023.


We have now been told by the University that students in the School of Humanities & Applied Social Science as well as the School of Arts & Media will be affected by the marking and assessment boycott.

All students should have received information from the Dean of their School advising them of the changes being made to their progression and awards.

You will have been contacted by your School already about how you will be affected.

If you have any questions about how this affects you, you should contact your School Office in the first instance. You may wish to use the Student Complaints Resolution Process if you remain dissatisfied.

How to prepare for strike days

  • Ask your lecturer if they intend to take part, so you can plan for this (but note they are under no obligation to tell you)

  • Keep all your receipts; this is important if you arrive at a lecture or seminar and find it has been cancelled. You should keep a record of all the costs you incur during the strike action. 

  • Keep a log of how you are affected.

  • Still submit your work - if you have a deadline you must still submit your work unless you are told otherwise.

  • Meet with your lecturer after the strike is finished to discuss any areas you need to catch up on.

  • Don't panic - there is lots of advice and support available to you.



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