The AGM of Newcastle University UCU on 8 June voted to accept the agreement negotiated on Monday 6 June between UCU and the university management, and to end the assessment boycott with immediate effect.
Members applauded and cheered as branch secretary Dr Matt Perry emphasised that this victory resulted from the courage, hard work, and willingness to take action of UCU members across the university, as well as the widespread opposition to the Research Performance Expectations policy among both members and non-members of the union. Without the strategy of building towards industrial action when faced with this serious threat to our profession, the management would not have given way and agreed to withdraw Raising the Bar.
Over the summer and into the autumn the union will be focusing on ensuring that the university management sustains its commitment to a non-coercive, consultative, inclusive approach and process to research improvement.
Reports of the end of the dispute have appeared in the Times Higher and the Newcastle Chronicle. Committee members have received letters of congratulations from around the world–we hope to publish some of these on the website in the next few days.