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Lancaster University admits graduations may be deferred for final year students

The university published its advice for students about the marking boycott this afternoon

Lancaster University has announced that due to UCU marking boycotts, final year graduations may be deferred.

The boycott came into effect on April 20th, and could prevent some exams and courseworks being marked. Lecturers do not have to inform students if they are participating in the marking strike.

The university published their advice for students in regards to the UCU’s marking boycott.

In an email to students, the university provided links to information for all year groups, reinforcing: “We believe that most exams and assessments will be marked in the normal timeframes” and that all students should “[continue] to engage in [their] studies.” The university is not aware of how many lecturers will be taking part, but claim that the risk of students not graduating “is very remote”.

According to the information aimed at students graduating this year, the university said: “If 75% of your modules have marks then in most cases we can graduate you, calculating your provisional degree result on the basis of those modules.”

The information also explains that graduation deferrals could occur if a student does not “have enough marks to graduate”, or is part of a “programme where there are professional regulatory requirements that mean all your marks are required”, until all marks have been received. Stating: “We will endeavour to do this as quickly as possible after the boycott ends”.

Furthermore, the university states that students who are “provisionally” awarded degrees that do not match “requirements set by an employer or another university”, should contact their departments to “help explain the position”. The university states that all universities are aware of the potential of “provisional marks being used for classification”, and that media coverage will allow most employers to also be aware of the situation. It is advised that students should contact the necessary body and explain the provisionality of the classification, and that it could increase.

The boycott does not currently have a set end date.