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University students outraged when staff boycott leaves them with ‘zero’ final grade


According to the students, the University of Liverpool has left them with a score of “zero” which is threatening to derail job opportunities and future study offers. The boycott allegedly involved over 1,000 staff members, coming after a threat from the vice chancellor to make more than 20 teachers and researchers redundant.

According to UCU, roughly 1,500 students did not get their grades on July 5 as was expected.

Appey Ogenyi, a 21-year-old psychology student, was expecting to get at least a 2:1 on Monday, but was scored zero because of the strikes.

She said: “Students are really angry and upset.

“I couldn’t believe it – there were no results for me.

“I’ve already moved to London for my masters, so that will be expensive if I have to defer.

“I feel so angry that my great memories have been spoiled by something so reversible.”

Ms Ogenyi has a place at Kings College London secured to study a masters in September, but the lack of marks have thrown her plans into chaos.

The student added: “It was a crazy results day.

“Is the uni going to message every employer to explain why we have zeros?

“Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and we’re not sure they will still accredit it.”

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In a statement issued on June 18 when the boycott was announced, lecturers said that they wanted new measures, such as “suspending second marking/moderation of your work, returning work without feedback, having people who do not teach on our module mark your work, and scrapping external examiners”.

An email from the university to students admitted it would leave final year students to graduate ” without all of your module marks”.

The university had told students it would award temporary grades based on an average of marks, but in a further email on July 2 some students were told they would have to wait for their results until July 12.

It is understood students from a range of year groups and courses have been affected, including psychology, maths, life sciences and modern languages.

The university said in an earlier statement it said bosses would “withhold 100 percent of pay from colleagues” whose boycott impacted results day.

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Speaking on July 7, a University of Liverpool spokesperson, said: “We are working hard to mitigate the impact of ongoing industrial action on our students but unfortunately, a small number of subjects are significantly affected by the current marking and assessment boycott.

“As such, the university has communicated with students in those subject areas, to let them know that there is a short delay to their results. The majority of our subjects have released results on time and over 98% have achieved a classified or pass degree, in line with previous years.

“Of the small number of subjects whose results should be published next week we again expect the majority of students to receive their classification.

“We recognise that this is frustrating for those students affected, but it is extremely important that additional time is taken to process these marks in line with the Code of Practice on Assessment, to ensure that all the necessary quality assurance has been completed.”

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