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Solidarity with imprisoned Turkish academic

Sep 18th, 2018 | By

Lend your support for a University of Aberdeen (CISRUL) PhD graduate Dr Hanifi Bariş who was arrested on 4th July and is currently being detained in a Turkish prison. He has been charged with “posting items of criminal content” on his social media pages. Please read and sign the online petition – https://chn.ge/2KREwSj – calling for his immediate release and

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Subscription rates for 2018/19 only very slightly higher

Jul 24th, 2018 | By

Each year our Stirling Branch UCU keeps its local subscription rates as low as possible, and for this new 2018/2019 year, we have managed to keep our local  rates the same as last year. The main UCU rates have increased only very slightly. You can see the new rates here. They are now in effect

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The Friday email

Jul 4th, 2018 | By

Higher education pay Recently we revealed accounts showing the chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) Professor Madeleine Atkins received a 96% pay rise with a package worth £554,648 last year. Another kick in the teeth for members following a derisory offer of 2% from employers. Join our campaign for fair pay and

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Various important conferences in 2018

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

 91st Annual STUC Women’s Conference The 91st Annual STUC Women’s Conference is also being held in October. Held at Caird Hall, Dundee the Conference runs on Monday and Tuesday 29th-30th October 2018. Further information:   http://www.stuc.org.uk/events/12/91st-annual-stuc-women-s-conference-2017 22nd Annual STUC Black Workers’ Conference The 22nd Annual STUC Black Workers’ Conference will be held from the evening of

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Workload Campaign

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

UCU Scotland have produced leaflets based on research carried out in 2016 on the amount of hours worked by academic staff.  The leaflets entitled ‘It’s Your Time, Let’s Get It Back’ ask people to sign up to a campaign calling on universities to work with the union to tackle increasing workloads and work related stress. 

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It’s still not too late to claim or donate – Our Local Hardship Fund

Jun 18th, 2018 | By

If you participated in the industrial action called by UCU in support of the USS Pensions Campaign during February/March 2018, and the University has docked pay from you as a result, you may still be entitled to apply to the Branch’s Local Hardship Fund. The Local Hardship Fund prioritises: Staff on insecure contracts, i.e. those

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Thank you for taking part – A letter from Sally Hunt

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

Dear colleague I have had lots of messages from members about the USS ballot – some supportive of my positon, others disagreeing and many wanting to discuss particular points before they make their mind up. In particular I have been asked to say why I believe we should settle now rather than take further action.

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The Joint Expert Panel – A letter from Sally Hunt

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

Dear colleague Following the result of the USS consultation I wanted to advise you of the latest developments as follows: Earlier this week UCU met UUK to discuss practicalities around the setting up of the joint expert panel (JEP) agreed to by members. The Head of Higher Education will initially report back to the superannuation

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Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

The Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation has launched a campaign to raise funds to create a statue of Nelson Mandela in 2018, to celebrate the centenary of his birth.  This is also the 25th anniversary of his visit to Glasgow in 1993 to collect the Freedoms of nine UK cities. The  Foundation notes that the

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Interesting article in THE

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

There is an interesting article in THE on ‘New era of partnership and respect’ needed after the strike, say unions. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/new-era-partnership-needed-after-pensions-strike-say-unions British universities must usher in a “new era of partnership and respect” with staff to restore trust and goodwill lost in recent strikes over proposed pension cuts, union leaders have warned. With University and

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