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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). The joint union claim covers the key UCU policy issues on pay, gender pay, precarious contracts and workloads.

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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How to contact our Membership Team

Jan 9th, 2019 | By

A question we are frequently asked is “How do I contact the Membership Department?” Their email address is and their telephone number is 0333 207 0719. If you are leaving Stirling and wish to cancel your subscription, transfer it to another location or transfer it to our Central Group for either retired or unemployed

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Lunchtime ‘Byte’ – Workload discussion

Nov 26th, 2018 | By

UCU STIRLING BRANCH GENERAL MEETING Wednesday 12 December Details to follow  

Sally Hunt will be absent from work due to illness

Oct 17th, 2018 | By

Dear colleague As you may already be aware, (from the email below that was circulated recently), the general secretary, Sally Hunt, will be absent from work over the coming period. Over the last few days I have had numerous communications from members asking about the leadership of the union during her absence. I would like

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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 will remain the same

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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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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: 22nd Annual STUC Black Workers’ Conference The 22nd Annual STUC Black Workers’ Conference will be held from the evening of

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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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