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Universities (Industrial Action)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many university students he estimates will be unable to graduate (a) at all and (b) without a full record of performance of marks as a result of the recent industrial action. (76704)

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 every student gets 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 the hon. Gentleman that we will continue to monitor closely the situation with regard to any residual effects of the dispute.