Marking and assessment boycott update

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Further to our recent statement on the marking and assessment boycott, we have engaged in discussions with both the University and the UCU (University and College Union).

We felt it was important to share further information with students to help alleviate any concerns. In discussions, the University has reassured us that, as of the date of this publication (19/05/2023), the vast majority of students will not be impacted by the boycott.

The current position is that fewer than 1% of students may be affected across The Open University.

Any students who may be impacted, will have been emailed directly by the University, so if you have not received an email, your studies should not be impacted.

If you are missing marks for any assessments beyond the expected date of receipt, you should contact your tutor or the Student Support Team.

The University and College Union (UCU) has also responded to our correspondence (click here to read in full). They have confirmed their intention to continue with the planned boycott, and we are looking at ways to help students to understand the reasons behind their actions, including a potential drop-in session for UCU to explain their perspective on the dispute. 

We are aware that this is a difficult time for students. The OU provides a range of resources to support your mental health and wellbeing, including:

Further information on what do to if your module results are delayed is available in the help centre.