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Draft Code of Governance

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

The new draft code of governance has been issued and can be accessed here.  On first reading it appears that there are certainly improvements on the old code but there are also areas that can still be improved.  The deadline for submissions on the draft code was 21 June.  UCU Scotland will be submitting further

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Donation given in support of Turkish academics

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

UCU President Rob Goodfellow recently spoke at UCU Scotland Congress on the plight of Turkish academics and teachers who, amongst other things, have been subject to dismissal, employment blacklisting, passport seizure and denial of medical care.  The Turkish Trade Union, Egitim Sen, is paying monthly sums to affected individuals and efforts are being made to

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Call for messages of support – Plymouth Marjon University

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

Plymouth Marjon University call for messages of support over redundancies Plymouth Marjon University (formerly The University of St Mark & St John) is in the process of pushing through 86 to 75 FTE redundancies in order to adapt to falling student enrolments and a reduction in projected income, while rejecting alternatives offered by staff and

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Gender pay gap in HE – our new report

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

UCU’s 2015/16 higher education gender pay gap data report, published today, shows that the gap remains at 12% for all academics. This is driven by a continuing gender imbalance among senior academics, with women making up more than half of early career academics but only 23% of professors at universities UK wide.



Academic freedom: a neglected right in the UK

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

A new report shows nearly a quarter of academics say they have been bullied because of their views and that the UK has significantly lower levels of protection for academic freedom when compared to other EU countries. The wide ranging survey was commissioned by UCU as part of our campaign to define and protect academic freedom

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Following on from our recent Brexit Round Table

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

Our UCU Stirling Branch held a Brexit Round Table on Thursday 25 May, where 6 speakers gave information from various perspectives and answered questions on Brexit. Following on from the meeting, we are planning to form a Brexit Working Group that would report to our Branch periodically on any important information that might be of

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Training: Effective Negotiating and Bargaining, 28-30 August, Aberdeen

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

An ‘Effective Negotiating and Bargaining’ course is being held in Aberdeen from 28-30 August. Course details and registration is available here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8719/Effective-negotiating-and-bargaining-28—30-August-2017-Aberdeen



The New Jim Bradley Award

May 5th, 2017 | By

Message from a Member: The awards and celebration of success night went really well for the Access class, and they were delighted with their awards. 12 students won £100 vouchers from the John Smith Bookshop on campus, which was very generous of them. The manager, Chris Mylles, and assistant manager, Fiona McMillan, were in attendance.

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Deeply flawed and damaging HE and Research Bill

Apr 26th, 2017 | By

Dear colleague, URGENT: the deeply flawed and damaging Higher Education and Research Bill will return to the House of Commons tomorrow. Due to the work of UCU, NUS and others, many changes have been made by the House of Lords that will hinder the government’s plans for further marketisation and privatisation of our universities. Amendments,

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Advance notice of ‘final offer’ communication on Friday 28 April

Apr 26th, 2017 | By

The higher education committee (HEC) met on 21 April and made a number of important decisions in regards to the next steps in this year’s pay negotiations. The purpose of this update is to provide branches with advance notice that on Thursday 27 April, the national employers’ representatives at UCEA will make a final offer

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