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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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The Friday email

Jul 4th, 2018 | By

A message of thanks from Sally Hunt Following Sally Hunt’s announcement last week she received thousands of messages from members. Sally wishes to pass on her heartfelt thanks for your support and good wishes. See here for the full update including: In the news Jailed anti-fracking protesters petition Getting the vote out at Queen’s University Belfast Staff

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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.



Focus group on gender based violence support cards

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

We are working to help Universities Scotland produce a support card for staff working in higher education.  The idea is that staff will be issued with the cards so that they are able to deal appropriately in the event of a student or staff member disclosing that they have been a subject of gender based

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Workload Campaign

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

UCU Scotland have produced leaflets based on research carried out in 2016 on the amount of hours worked by academic staff.  The leaflets entitled ‘It’s Your Time, Let’s Get It Back’ ask people to sign up to a campaign calling on universities to work with the union to tackle increasing workloads and work related stress. 

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It’s still not too late to claim or donate – Our Local Hardship Fund

Jun 18th, 2018 | By

If you participated in the industrial action called by UCU in support of the USS Pensions Campaign during February/March 2018, and the University has docked pay from you as a result, you may still be entitled to apply to the Branch’s Local Hardship Fund. The Local Hardship Fund prioritises: Staff on insecure contracts, i.e. those

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Thank you for taking part – A letter from Sally Hunt

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

Dear colleague I have had lots of messages from members about the USS ballot – some supportive of my positon, others disagreeing and many wanting to discuss particular points before they make their mind up. In particular I have been asked to say why I believe we should settle now rather than take further action.

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The Joint Expert Panel – A letter from Sally Hunt

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

Dear colleague Following the result of the USS consultation I wanted to advise you of the latest developments as follows: Earlier this week UCU met UUK to discuss practicalities around the setting up of the joint expert panel (JEP) agreed to by members. The Head of Higher Education will initially report back to the superannuation

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