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Calendar of events for 2017 / 2018

Jul 5th, 2017 | By

The UCU calendar of events for the next year can be found here. All training courses are free of charge to UCU members.



Reps’ Training Courses – Places still available

Jul 5th, 2017 | By

Places are still available on the following training courses for Scotland. Due to current funding criteria the course below are only open to reps in Scotland. Rep 1: Induction, 21 – 23 August 2017 Edinburgh For more about the course and link to the course application form please click here. Effective Negotiating & Bargaining, 28

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Gender Identity Guides

Jun 21st, 2017 | By

You can see two very useful documents here, one on Gender Identity and one on an LGBT Guide to Language in Use: https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8600/Guide-to-Gender-Identity-May-17/pdf/Guide_to_gender_identity_may_17.pdf https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8602/LGBT-a-guide-to-language-in-use-May-17/pdf/LGBT__language_May_17.pdf



Donation given in support of Turkish academics

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

UCU President Rob Goodfellow recently spoke at UCU Scotland Congress on the plight of Turkish academics and teachers who, amongst other things, have been subject to dismissal, employment blacklisting, passport seizure and denial of medical care.  The Turkish Trade Union, Egitim Sen, is paying monthly sums to affected individuals and efforts are being made to

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Call for messages of support – Plymouth Marjon University

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

Plymouth Marjon University call for messages of support over redundancies Plymouth Marjon University (formerly The University of St Mark & St John) is in the process of pushing through 86 to 75 FTE redundancies in order to adapt to falling student enrolments and a reduction in projected income, while rejecting alternatives offered by staff and

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Gender pay gap in HE – our new report

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

UCU’s 2015/16 higher education gender pay gap data report, published today, shows that the gap remains at 12% for all academics. This is driven by a continuing gender imbalance among senior academics, with women making up more than half of early career academics but only 23% of professors at universities UK wide.



Academic freedom: a neglected right in the UK

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

A new report shows nearly a quarter of academics say they have been bullied because of their views and that the UK has significantly lower levels of protection for academic freedom when compared to other EU countries. The wide ranging survey was commissioned by UCU as part of our campaign to define and protect academic freedom

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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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