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UCU General Secretary election: nominations received

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

Notice of all nominations received for UCU general secretary.  The ballot will take place 29 April – 23 May 2019. The following nominations have been received: Dr Jo Grady (University of Sheffield) Jo McNeill (University of Liverpool) Matt Waddup (UCU National Head of Policy and Campaigns)



News Roundup – 12 April

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

UCU members at three West Midlands colleges were the most recent to take strike action over pay this week. Following three waves of strikes in November, January and March, members at Coventry College, City of Wolverhampton College and the Warwickshire College Group walked out. City of Wolverhampton College members were out on Monday, Tuesday and

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Congress 2019 – First report

Mar 27th, 2019 | By

Dear colleague Congress 2019: First report of the Congress Business Committee Motions submitted to Congress and the HE and FE sector conferences, as ordered by the Congress Business Committee, which will form the agenda when UCU’s Congress meets 25 – 27 May in Harrogate. Amendments to motions must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday

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Not sure about joining our UCU Stirling Branch? Watch this ….

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

If you are still wondering whether to join our UCU Stirling Branch, and asking yourself “what is in it for me?” take a look at this presentation to see all the benefits that you could gain by becoming a member. Press the SLIDE SHOW button and then the FROM THE BEGINNING button to gain the

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UCU warns of ‘damaging consequences’ of funding cut for Scottish universities

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

Recently UCU warned ministers that a £1bn funding deal for Scotland’s universities could have ‘damaging consequences’ for the sector. With funding levels not having risen in line with inflation, UCU warned that the higher education sector was facing further real terms cuts. Speaking to STV following the announcement of the funding allocations for universities for 2019/20, UCU Scotland official Mary

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Our Branch urgently needs more Reps

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

UCU Scotland Training Courses – Register Now! There are several UCU training courses confirmed which can be registered for now. UCU Health and Safety Reps 2 – 24-26 April 2019 – Aberdeen (University of Aberdeen) Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7801/UCU-health-and-safety-reps UCU Mental Health is a Union Issue – 2 May 2019 – Edinburgh (Heriot-Watt

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The HE joint trade union claim 2019/20

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

The Higher Education (HE) joint trade union claim 2019/20 has been agreed by the five HE unions – EIS, GMB, Unison, Unite and UCU and submitted to Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) recently; and it can be found here. The joint union claim covers the key UCU policy issues on pay, gender pay, precarious

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There is still time to apply to go to the UK wide Congress

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

We would like to encourage our branch members to register as delegate(s) for UCU’s UK-wide congress, which, this year takes place in Harrogate.  Very few delegates from Scotland have registered to date, and this is the key decision-making body of our Union. As usual, registration can be done on-line.  This is the link for branches

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Inquiry into racial harassment in higher education

Mar 15th, 2019 | By

The Equality and Human Rights Commission launched an inquiry to understand the types of racial harassment experienced at publicly funded higher education institutions (HEIs), such as universities or higher education colleges. They wanted to hear from staff and students who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards.

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Sadly, Sally Hunt has had to resign – Nominations open

Mar 10th, 2019 | By

UCU general secretary election – nominations open Nominations are now open for the position of general secretary of the University and College Union. This a full-time, salaried position as the union’s chief executive, with a five year term of office. Nominations close at 5:00pm on 8 April 2019. Further information can be found here. An

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