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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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London Metropolitan Uni UCU

Apr 26th, 2017 | By

Dear colleagues I wrote to you last month advising of the protracted dispute at London Metropolitan University and the attempts made by the local branch officers in the last few months to negotiate a resolution. I further advised that the higher education committee (HEC) had taken the decision in October to invoke the first stage

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Pensions – Auto Enrolment legislation

Apr 5th, 2017 | By

Auto Enrolment legislation means that every employer must automatically enrol workers into a workplace pension scheme if they: are aged between 22 and State Pension age earn more than £10,000 a year (£833.33 per month) ordinarily work in the UK. UCU has selected the Universities Superannuation Scheme ‘USS’ as its workplace pension scheme for automatic

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An important survey into the experiences of LGBT workers

Apr 5th, 2017 | By

The TUC has launched a survey into the experiences of LGBT workers to better understand the type of sectors they are in, whether they are out about their sexual orientation and / or trans status, their experiences of discrimination and how they access justice. This survey is open to all workers, whether they are in

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We can offer you support and answer questions …

Apr 4th, 2017 | By

Dear Member, We would like to remind you that your Union Branch is able to offer support and answer questions about any aspect of your job role.  In particular, we are aware that some colleagues have been invited to meetings by their managers to informally discuss underperformance.  We would recommend that you seek union advice

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UCU Election Results

Mar 28th, 2017 | By

Sally Hunt re-elected as UCU general secretary Sally Hunt has been re-elected as UCU general secretary with nearly 60% of votes cast. Sally said: ‘I intend to deliver on the democratic mandate I have been given. That means increasing support for members when they need it most and redoubling our efforts to campaign on issues

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UCU wins a historic case in the Supreme Court – read about it here

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

On 31 January 2017 The Herald printed a factual article on the resolution of UCU’s dispute with the University of Stirling. You can read it here. Higher education is undergoing a period of significant change. Being a member of UCU is the first step towards tackling: Threats to research funding from Brexit An ongoing lack

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APOLOGIES THAT THE LINKS ARE NOT ALL WORKING

Mar 8th, 2017 | By

I am sorry that the links are not all working at the moment. We are trying to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Pam.



Universities’ performance in TEF should not be linked to tuition fees

Mar 8th, 2017 | By

Dear colleagues Recently, the House of Lords backed an amendment to the higher education (HE) bill that says universities’ performance in the teaching excellence framework (TEF) should not be linked to the tuition fees they are allowed to charge. This is a significant blow for the government and the result of a great deal of

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