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Lecturers' Dispute

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that students’ (a) graduations and (b) immediate job prospects are not affected by the industrial dispute between lecturers and universities; and if he will make a statement. (76213)

Although this dispute was between universities and trade unions, I have kept closely in touch with both sides throughout its progress and consistently urged that the dispute be urgently resolved and the impact on students lifted.

I welcome the agreement reached between the HE employers and unions, on pay, and the immediate suspension of the University and College Union’s industrial action. This is good news for staff and students alike. I expect that institutions and staff will work hard to ensure that all students get their marks and the opportunity to graduate in good time. The employers and UCU have agreed to work together to ensure a quick return to normal business. I can assure you that we will continue to monitor closely the situation with regard to any residual effects of the dispute.