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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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UCU Workload Survey 2016

Feb 17th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, Members frequently express their concerns about increasing workloads and tackling this as an issue is a key bargaining objective for the union.UCU has previously collated a lot of data on total hours worked but we want you to help us better understand the nature and composition of workloads across all parts of the

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UCU Scotland donates to Re-Act

Feb 17th, 2016 | By

This year UCU Scotland is making a donation to Re-Act, a not-for-profit humanitarian aid project launched in response to the worldwide refugee crisis Re-Act, Refugee Action Scotland, is a not-for-profit humanitarian aid project launched in response to the worldwide refugee crisis.  We are part of a growing organisation throughout the UK, working to fundraise and

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UCU signs recognition agreement with Newcastle Group

Jan 5th, 2016 | By

UCU is delighted to report that it has signed a recognition agreement with NCG, the group of companies built out of Newcastle College. This agreement is important not only because it marks a new period of improved industrial relations but because it means that UCU is now recognised to negotiate for staff across the group

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Request for toys for Refugee Children

Jan 5th, 2016 | By

There are 4000 asylum seekers in Glasgow, living in legally enforced idleness and penury, awaiting the resolution of their cases. Many of them are children. Please support our Crowdfund Appeal so that children’s toys and gifts can be bought and distributed to asylum seekers and refugees. For further information please call: 07896 877 315 or

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Scottish HE Governance

Nov 25th, 2015 | By

As you know the Scottish Parliament is currently considering the Higher Education Governance Bill. The bill, based on the findings of the 2012 von Prondzynski review, is something that UCU Scotland members have campaigned for over many years. The bill is in its early stages but we’ve already seen unprecedented opposition to it from the

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