Guidance issued by the Engineering Council: University strikes and marking boycott

Industrial action affecting recognised programmes: interruption to recognised programme delivery and/or assessment.

Guidance for professional engineering institutions, education providers, and awarding organisations.

The Engineering Council and Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) are aware that industrial action may affect delivery and/or assessment of recognised (approved or accredited) programmes, including degrees, apprenticeships and other qualifications.

It is expected that providers and awarding organisations will aim to maintain delivery of full programmes but strikes or other industrial action such as marking boycotts may result in disruption to delivery and assessment. This may result in changes to delivery format, order in which modules are delivered, assessment methodologies, re-scheduling of learning and assessment into holiday periods or later years of study, and possibly extension of end dates to enable work or assessment that has had to be suspended to be completed.

Although the circumstances are different, education providers and PEIs adapted to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and may find some of the processes, guidance and changes introduced as a result useful when adapting to strikes or other industrial action such as marking-boycotts that impact education programmes and assessment. For example, PEIs may already have processes for providers to report changes to programmes, and providers may have provisions in their regulations for determining when and how students can progress in the event of teaching and/or assessment being disrupted.

To read the full guidance document issued by the Engineering Council please click here.

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