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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.



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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