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University of Aberdeen taking strike action

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

Members at the University of Aberdeen took strike action on Wednesday, 7th December in response to the University’s plans to cut jobs and downgrade staff within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. If you would like to send messages of support and solidarity, please send these to the Aberdeen branch –  ucu@abdn.ac.uk  



Higher Education and Research Bill

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

The government’s controversial proposals for higher education went to the House of Lords recently and you can read our briefing outlining the union’s concerns on privatisation and deregulation here. Many peers have a relationship with universities and you can help scrap the HE Bill by writing to them and linking to our briefing. Dear colleague

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New leave arrangements

Dec 6th, 2016 | By

If you have read about the new leave arrangements on the University website, http://www.stir.ac.uk/hr-od/workingatstirling/annualleave/ and felt unsure how to interpret the rather complex information, the following is the response from our UCU Stirling Branch Secretary, Joe Smith: “The answer as far as I can understand is that full time permanent staff will experience no change

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Success at Coventry

Oct 25th, 2016 | By

UCU is pleased to confirm that staff who were put on FutureWorks agency contracts will now be offered CU Services employment contracts, recognition has now been agreed and in addition, the union and the University have agreed to meet for talks around the issue of dealing with recognition in the group’s companies. Thank you to

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Higher Education (HE) pay – next steps

Oct 25th, 2016 | By

At its meeting on 14 October, the union’s higher education committee (HEC) discussed UCEA’s imposed 1.1% pay award and the final offer of future joint work on casualisation and the gender pay gap. The HEC heard a report summarising the feedback from the consultation with branches and discussed the union’s response. After discussion and debate,

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The University of Dundee sends its thanks …

Aug 22nd, 2016 | By

Humanities at the University of Dundee A very big thank you to everyone involved in supporting the campaign against redundancies within the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee.   The branch would also like to extend particular thanks to students who led a fantastic campaign and were tireless and robust in their questioning of

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UCU responds to Ofsted report on the Prevent duty in FE

Aug 2nd, 2016 | By

UCU said on Tuesday that vague definitions and inconsistent advice have made it hard for colleges to understand the government’s controversial anti-extremism guidance and protect open discussion and academic freedom. The union was responding to a report from Ofsted that criticised colleges’ efforts in implementing the duty, saying many saw it simply as a tick-box exercise.

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New subscription rates commenced 1st September 2016

Aug 2nd, 2016 | By

For the first time for a number of years, UCU has put up its membership fees. You can see the new rates here: Sub details Sept 16 to August 17 for local Stirling rates Our UCU Stirling Branch local rates have also been raised slightly because these are used to employ our on-site Administrator, whose

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BREXIT: UCU says scrap HE bill and focus on impact of Brexit

Aug 1st, 2016 | By

Writing in the Guardian, Sally Hunt, said the government had to scrap the Higher Education and Research Bill, scheduled for a second reading in Parliament next week. She said the implications of the Brexit vote on universities should have already been enough to halt proceedings. Writing in Times Higher Education Sally Hunt also set out

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Victory for UCU members at Hull College

Jul 5th, 2016 | By

UCU members at Hull College have secured both a pay rise and an end to ‘no-notice’ lesson observations, bringing to an end a dispute which saw members taking strike action over the college’s lesson observation methods last month. The college has also finally agreed to implement a pay rise which was originally promised in September

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