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Messages of solidarity received

May 25th, 2016 | By

On behalf of Unite Scotland can you please pass on our message of solidarity to all your members involved in this action. Your fight is our fight and we will do all we can to support UCU in trying to resolve this dispute. In solidarity, Pat Rafferty Regional Secretary Scotland Best wishes and solidarity with

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Message of solidarity from UNITE Scotland

May 24th, 2016 | By

On behalf of Unite Scotland can you please pass on our message of solidarity to all your members involved in this action. Your fight is our fight and we will do all we can to support UCU in trying to resolve this dispute. In solidarity, Pat Rafferty Regional Secretary Scotland



Change can happen in an instant …

Apr 26th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, Change can happen in an instant, and we know we can make it happen by acting together. In a fast-paced world of 24-hour news and social media, it’s more important than ever that as a union we stay one step ahead. On the issues that really matter there are times we need to

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Please take a few minutes to write to your MP about job security

Apr 12th, 2016 | By

  Dear colleague Please write to your MP about job security in higher education. In recent months we have been making the case to government that the working conditions of staff in higher education are closely related to the learning conditions of our students, and that great teachers and students are being let down by

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The Metro says “Men get all the perks …

Apr 5th, 2016 | By

According to an article in the Metro, “Men get all the perks … but not many women want them”. “Male employees are twice as likely as their female colleagues to receive a company car or gym membership. Shares and bonuses are also more often given to men, a study by BrightHR shows.” “More than three-quarters

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‘Rate for the Job’ – A message from Sally Hunt

Apr 1st, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, I wanted to let you know about four things related to your rate for the job: First, UCU published today our annual survey of vice-chancellors (VCs) and principals’ pay.  It showed average pay of £272,432 and an inflation busting average increase of 3% on the previous year.  In its first week, our new

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Training for Reps – 29 – 31 August 2016, Glasgow

Mar 30th, 2016 | By

Training: Rep 1 Induction:  29th – 31st August 2016, Glasgow University This course is aimed at all new UCU reps and branch officers and those who have been longer in post who have yet to attend UCU training. We encourage all UCU activists to attend the first module of this course regardless of which role

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HE pay – update on HEC decisions

Mar 15th, 2016 | By

Colleagues HE Pay Latest issue of HE News https://www.ucu.org.uk/henews (issue 43) provides branches with an update in regards to a number of important decisions made by the Higher Education Committee on Friday 4 March. Please note there are a number of actions in the update that need consideration. Michael MacNeil National Head of Bargaining and

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Chancellor’s decision: no entitlement to the NI rebate …

Mar 15th, 2016 | By

Colleagues, This is just a quick reminder to you that as of 01.04.2016 the Chancellor has decided that employees and employers  are no longer entitled to the NI rebate given to those in Employer pension schemes. This all forms part of the pensions reform programme that the Government has been undertaking and in return for

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Survey: The quality of teaching in higher education – win £50

Mar 15th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, I am asking for your help. These days everyone seems to be talking about the ‘quality’ of teaching in higher education. Yet no one seems to ever ask staff themselves what they think. That is wrong and so UCU has teamed up with London Economics to give staff a voice in this debate. If

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