Lecturers delay plans for marking boycott

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Lecturers at Sheffield’s universities have agreed to postpone a marking boycott of their students’ work.

The universities have offered them a 2 per cent rise for the next 2014-15 academic year, while the current one per cent increase for 2013-14 remains on the table.

The planned boycott has been put back from Monday, April 28, until Tuesday, May 6, to allow time for a ballot of members of the Universities and Colleges Union.

The action, which would have delayed students from graduating, was the latest move in a long-running pay dispute.

Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, said: “Following this offer UCU has decided to ballot members on their views. It is only right they make the ultimate decision about what happens next.”

University employers’ association UCEA said the offer was above the inflation rate.