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National model claims on casualisation and the gender pay gap

Jan 19th, 2017 | By

Dear colleague, On 20 December, the general secretary wrote to all higher education (HE) branch officers to set out the higher education committee (HEC) strategy for pursuing claims on casualisation and the gender pay gap at institution level. While we continue to work with the University and College Employers Association (UCEA) at a UK level

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Last chance to have your say on academic freedom

Jan 19th, 2017 | By

Dear colleague, UCU’s education committee has been undertaking research into the current status of, and protection for, academic freedom in UK higher education, with a view to making a report to the UCU congress in 2017. We have been working with Professor Terence Karran (University of Lincoln) on this issue, including a survey of members’ personal experience regarding the protection

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Support the NSS boycott

Jan 19th, 2017 | By

Like UCU, NUS has a long standing policy of raising concerns about the NSS both in terms of its positioning of students as passive customers and in its use for internal performance management. UCU and NUS have agreed that our branches and local unions should seek to reach a joint position on the campaign locally

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Scholarly Copyright Licence 25.01.2017

Jan 19th, 2017 | By

The University of Stirling is part of the first tranche of universities to adopt the Scholarly Copyright Licence. This licence will allow researchers to use and distribute his or her publications even when these works remain under publishers’ embargo.  The UCU Executive has been briefed on the details of this scheme and has no objection

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UCU Scotland in brief …

Jan 18th, 2017 | By

Governance Act We have received an update from the higher education minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, on the timescales for implementing the governance act and outlining when different aspects of the act will come into force.  The letter received is attached.  In line with what we’d previously been informed the provisions of the act were commenced at

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Cradle to the Grave conference – 11 February – London

Dec 20th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, This is your final chance to sign up for the Cradle to Grave conference on 11 February between 10:00am and 3:00pm in central London. Tickets are free to members but the deadline for applications is tomorrow, 16 December. You can apply for your ticket here. Following the vote to leave the European Union

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Festive season toy appeal for refugees

Dec 20th, 2016 | By

Glasgow Campaign for Refugees Please see the link below for a festive crowdfund appeal to buy toys and gifts for refugee children: https://www.youcaring.com/glasgowcampaigntowelcomerefugees-691858



Manchester Metropolitan University: save Cheshire campus

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

MMU’s board of governors has said the university’s site in Crewe is not financially sustainable and staff and students now fear management plan to close the campus. Please sign our petition calling on the university to work with unions to secure a sustainable future for the site.



Legal advice on immigration and working in the UK

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

If you require assistance with a matter concerning your ability to continue to live and work in the UK please contact legalservices@ucu.org.uk or see our guide for EEA and non-EEA nationals here.      



Precarious employment in universities

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

UCU continues to keep the heat on universities with our ‘stamp out casual contracts’ campaign. Following an excellent day of action against precarious employment UCU general secretary Sally Hunt has spoken out in the Times Higher Education (THE) on HE institutions’ inadequate response to published data showing an exploitative employment model.