A number of Cambridge students will be taking part in a work boycott over Week 5. If you’re thinking about taking part, here are some key points from CUSU about what is happening at a college level and what we can do to support you.
Your Senior Tutor should be aware that the boycott is happening
CUSU has provided a briefing to all Senior Tutors about the boycott and held a discussion on the issue at the Senior Tutor’s committee. This means that your Senior Tutor should be aware of the #EndWeek5Blues campaign, its aims and the intention of the work boycott.
Your college has been advised to notify DoSs and supervisors about the boycott
If your college has followed advice, your direct academic contacts in college should be aware of the boycott and provided with guidance about how to respond to any students taking part. CUSU has suggested that colleges use this opportunity to start discussions with concerned students about workloads, time management and stress levels so you may be asked if you want to talk about these issues with your supervisor, DoS or tutor, as appropriate.
You should not face disciplinary sanctions for taking part in the boycott
Colleges have indicated that students should not expect to face disciplinary sanctions for taking part in the boycott, although your academic work might suffer if you are not able to benefit from normal teaching and learning over this period. If you feel that your college is implementing disciplinary sanctions or you are facing unfair repercussions for taking part in this protest, get in contact with CUSU who will help you
You may be asked not to attend your supervisions while boycotting
Some Senior Tutors have indicated that they would expect students not to attend supervisions for which they have not handed in work and that students should not expect to be able to rearrange supervisions or have work marked at a later date. Other colleges may take a different view, so it is worth checking with your DoS or Senior Tutor if they have not provided any guidance to students about their intentions. You might want your JCR or MCR to make this enquiry if you do not feel comfortable revealing your intent to take part in the boycott at this time.
If your college has indicated that you should not attend supervisions and you would like to challenge this, get in touch with CUSU for support.
CUSU will be available to support students over this period
As always, you can access free, confidential advice and support from the CUSU-GU Student Advice Service. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01223 746 999 to get in contact with an advisor. If you would like details about the information provided to the colleges by CUSU or would like guidance for your JCR or MCR, email Helen at email@example.com