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UCU takes step towards Trinity College boycott

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Trinity College Cambridge has been censured by the University and College Union, which has warned of an academic boycott if the college refuses to reverse its decision to pull out of the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

The UCU’s higher education committee meeting in London voted to censure the college. It comes after a proposal to reconsider Trinity College’s decision to leave the USS was voted down by 43 to 76 at a meeting of the college’s fellows on 21 June. Trinity College’s council had voted to leave the USS at the end of May.

The censure puts Trinity College on notice that a full academic boycott could be put in place if it does not change its mind about leaving the USS, which its council admitted could cost the college £30 million. Among a list of sanctions the boycott would urge higher education staff against speaking at the college, applying for jobs at Trinity or writing for Trinity-owned academic journals.

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