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During the recent UCU strike regarding pensions several institutions engaged in punitive actions against their staff.

This included, for example:
* Introduction of heavy financial penalties on staff taking 'action short of a strike' (ASOS) if they refused to reschedule lectures (and so on) or cover for absent colleagues.
* Seeking to undermine the strike action by offering financial incentives to reschedule work.
* Punishing staff on precarious contracts even more severely (e.g. graduate teaching assistants).

UCU General Secretary, Sally Hunt has made it clear that 'universities that wish to exploit the law and punish their staff as much as possible are storing up problems for the future and risk prolonging the dispute".

We agree.

We the undersigned will boycott these universities by,

for example:
* Revoking regular donations and declining to donate in future to alumni funds as a graduate of these institutions.
* Withdrawing from and refusing future requests to be an external examiner on a teaching programme at these institutions.
* Withdrawing from and declining invitations to speak at these institutions.
* Choosing not to apply to positions at these institutions.


We will continue to boycott these universities for this and any future period in which they engage in such punitive actions against their staff.

Signed,

Rebecca Bowler, Keele University
Eva Giraud, Keele University
Harriet Bickley, University of Manchester
Richie Nimmo, University of Manchester
Prof. Mark Mccormack, University of Roehampton
David Evans, University of Sheffield
David Evans, University of Sheffield
Wendy Michallat, University of Sheffield
Dr Wendy Michallat, University of Sheffield
Alice Marples, University of Manchester

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