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An ongoing marking boycott could prevent international students from staying in the UK once they graduate, a leading university has warned. 

In a joint statement, Cambridge University and the Cambridge branch of the University and College Union, warned that academic strikes could mean that international students are unable to apply for post-study graduate visas on completion of their course. 

“It is regrettable that the national pay and conditions dispute has reached a point whereby a marking and assessment boycott has been called,” the statement reads. “Very sadly, and as things stand, it is likely to have a significant impact on students at Cambridge, and across the country.”

The UCU’s marking and assessment boycott started in April as part of a dispute over pay, and has seen staff who are members of the union refusing to mark assignments, invigilate exams and set assessment questions, among other strike action. 

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