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TPS Update

Aug 7th, 2019 | By

Dear colleague, TPS update Since we last updated members in May, there have been developments regarding the valuation of the public sector pension schemes, including the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). You will recall that the valuation resulted in big increases in employer’s contributions but potentially corresponding improvements for career average members with no member contribution

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UK News Roundup

Jul 2nd, 2019 | By

Bradford and Nottingham strikes over contracts, jobs and pay Strikers were out in force at Nottingham and Bradford colleges this week. Nottingham members took action on Monday in a dispute against plans to impose new contracts which will leave many staff financially worse off, and which also include cuts to holiday and sick pay entitlements.

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Reps’ Training Courses

Jul 2nd, 2019 | By

There are several UCU Reps’ training courses confirmed which can be registered for now. These courses are free of charge and all transport and necessary accommodation are paid for. As we urgently need more Reps, please do consider attending these courses. UCU Reps 1, 27-29 August 2019, Edinburgh (Heriot-Watt University) Information and register here –

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UCU General Secretary’s messages to members

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

Dear colleague Today, I officially start as General Secretary of our union. The record breaking increase in turn out in the GS election shows renewed enthusiasm in the union’s activities. And from today, we must push on further. We have shown what we can do when we stand together. In May, staff at Lambeth College

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UCU Scotland News Roundup and Policy Documents

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

1. Event – Biting the Ballot: Getting Ready for the Pay and Pensions Ballots Register now for the UCU Scotland organising session to mobilise activists and support branches to maximise the participation of members in the forthcoming USS and pay and equality ballots – and the subsequent industrial action. The event will take place on Saturday

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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 two UCU training courses confirmed which can be registered for now. UCU Reps 1 – 27-29 August 2019 – Edinburgh (Heriot-Watt University) Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7800/UCU-reps UCU Reps 2 – 3-5 December 2019 – Glasgow (City of Glasgow College) Information and register here –

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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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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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