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Solidarity with imprisoned Turkish academic

Sep 18th, 2018 | By

Lend your support for a University of Aberdeen (CISRUL) PhD graduate Dr Hanifi Bariş who was arrested on 4th July and is currently being detained in a Turkish prison. He has been charged with “posting items of criminal content” on his social media pages. Please read and sign the online petition – https://chn.ge/2KREwSj – calling for his immediate release and

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UCU wins right to strike for migrant workers

Sep 18th, 2018 | By

After months of campaigning by UCU, including most recently the threat of legal action, the home secretary Sajid Javid has announced that he will be changing the immigration rules to ensure that migrant workers will now be able to play a full part in legal strike action without fearing the impact on their immigration status. This is

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USS Update

Sep 18th, 2018 | By

The employer consultation on the proposed increases to member and employer contributions, and the removal of the match, to address the 2017 valuation is now live and will run until 5pm on 2 November 2018. As explained in our recent member update, both employer and member contributions are proposed to increase (subject to any amendments

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Subscription rates for 2018/19 only very slightly higher

Jul 24th, 2018 | By

Each year our Stirling Branch UCU keeps its local subscription rates as low as possible, and for this new 2018/2019 year, we have managed to keep our local  rates the same as last year. The main UCU rates have increased only very slightly. You can see the new rates here. They are now in effect

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Higher education pay and equality campaign

Jul 4th, 2018 | By

Thousands of UCU members in higher education institutions are currently being balloted on respective pay offers and we urge you to vote and have your say on pay. Remember the law says UCU needs at least a 50% turnout in ballots to take action, so if you think education staff deserve a decent pay deal

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The Friday email

Jul 4th, 2018 | By

Higher education pay Recently we revealed accounts showing the chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) Professor Madeleine Atkins received a 96% pay rise with a package worth £554,648 last year. Another kick in the teeth for members following a derisory offer of 2% from employers. Join our campaign for fair pay and

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Referendum on final Brexit deal – Consultation with UCU members

Jul 4th, 2018 | By

Dear colleague At its recent meeting, the National Executive Committee (NEC) agreed to my recommendation that the union consult members on whether to support a second referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the UK government. There are a range of views about Brexit within the union. However the NEC was clear that the

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Transforming Lives – One of our best campaigns

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

Dear colleague In my opinion Transforming Lives is one of the best campaigns this union has run. By using the real stories of teachers and learners the project demonstrates the real value of further education to the wider world and clearly articulates the need for proper funding and support for the sector. Please see below

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Various important conferences in 2018

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

 91st Annual STUC Women’s Conference The 91st Annual STUC Women’s Conference is also being held in October. Held at Caird Hall, Dundee the Conference runs on Monday and Tuesday 29th-30th October 2018. Further information:   http://www.stuc.org.uk/events/12/91st-annual-stuc-women-s-conference-2017 22nd Annual STUC Black Workers’ Conference The 22nd Annual STUC Black Workers’ Conference will be held from the evening of

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Health and Safety Reps’ course – Glasgow, August 2018

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

A Health and Safety Reps’ course is being arranged in Glasgow on 20, 21 and 22 August 2018 . Please register here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7813/HS-1-Induction-Health–safety-reps-role-and-functions-20-22-August-2018-Glasgow This course is free of charge to members and the information gained will be very useful for your future.