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Marking And Assessment Boycott

As part of nationwide industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU), some members are participating in a Marking and Assessment boycott. This means that they will not mark exams and other forms of assessments whilst they are on strike.  This will impact upon different students in different ways, as the effect of the boycott will depend on individual courses and papers. Some students may not be impacted at all, whilst others may not be able to graduate until later in the year. The university has further information for students here. You can also read an official statement from Professor Bhaskar Vira, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education.

The nature of the action means that we have no way of knowing at this stage which assessments will be affected and to what extent.

The Careers Service at Cambridge is available to you now and after graduation, you are always welcome to get in touch, book an appointment, attend our events and make use of our resources.

Here are some of the measures we are taking to support finalists at this time:

  • We will prioritise appointment availability for finalists over the coming months.
  • We continue to offer appointments for recent graduates so you can talk to us after your course has completed.
  • We will run a series of outreach events across Cambridge in June so you can meet a member of our team and talk about your career plans.
  • We are communicating with Employers, and their representative bodies, to help them better understand the situation and its implications.
  • We are researching and reaching out to professional organisations to understand possible implications for professional courses and study routes.
  • We are working with colleagues elsewhere in Student Services and the broader collegiate university to understand the impact of this action on specific groups of students, in order to communicate this as clearly to you as we can.
  • We’ll be in touch with finalists to outline our schedule of events and activities across the summer, to help your career planning.

If you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us either though booking an appointment with a Careers Consultant or emailing   We have also prepared information for employers regarding the boycott.

We wish you the very best of luck with your exams and your future plans.