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Students 'held to ransom' by staff boycott.

Byline: Hannah Graham Reporter

STUDENTS at Newcastle University say they are being "held to ransom" by a marking boycott set to begin on Friday.

Members of the University and College Union have voted in favour of industrial action which will see them refuse to mark essays, exams or dissertations . The row centres on an initiative called Raising the Bar which the union says will impose stressful targets and harm teaching.

One final year English language student said: "They're not taking it out on the people making the changes, instead they're holding us to ransom."

The university said it was "surprised and disappointed" by the push for industrial action.

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Title Annotation:Sports; Teasers
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 30, 2016
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