Our UCU Stirling Branch Hardship Fund is now in operation

Oct 2nd, 2019 | By

Once again, our UCU Stirling Branch Hardship Fund is in operation for members who suffer real hardship during the strike, due to the docking of their pay. If you would like to claim from the fund, please, initially, write to Pam ( explaining briefly why you wish to claim, and you will be sent a

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71% of university staff say insecure contracts have damaged their mental health

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

  A UCU report says staff are working unpaid, holding down multiple jobs and struggling to pay the bills. The report says higher education staff are putting off long-term plans like starting a family and even struggling to pay day-to-day bills because of a lack of security and steady income. Over two-thirds of respondents (71%)

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Newly appointed Secretaries (a jointly filled role)

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

UCU Stirling Branch is very pleased to announce that the role of Secretary has now been jointly filled by Jaana Stewart and Peter Matthews. This role has remained vacant since Joe Smith resigned over a year ago.

TPS Update

Aug 7th, 2019 | By

Dear colleague, TPS update Since we last updated members in May, there have been developments regarding the valuation of the public sector pension schemes, including the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). You will recall that the valuation resulted in big increases in employer’s contributions but potentially corresponding improvements for career average members with no member contribution

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UCU General Secretary’s messages to members

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

Dear colleague Today, I officially start as General Secretary of our union. The record breaking increase in turn out in the GS election shows renewed enthusiasm in the union’s activities. And from today, we must push on further. We have shown what we can do when we stand together. In May, staff at Lambeth College

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UCU warns of ‘damaging consequences’ of funding cut for Scottish universities

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

Recently UCU warned ministers that a £1bn funding deal for Scotland’s universities could have ‘damaging consequences’ for the sector. With funding levels not having risen in line with inflation, UCU warned that the higher education sector was facing further real terms cuts. Speaking to STV following the announcement of the funding allocations for universities for 2019/20, UCU Scotland official Mary

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Free membership for PhD Teaching Students

Mar 10th, 2018 | By

UCU is still offering free membership to PhD Teaching Students for 4 years! This is a unique opportunity for you to join our Union and take advantage of all that we can offer our members. See here for our presentation. It is very quick to join. Just visit and then press the button marked

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UCU wins a historic case in the Supreme Court – read about it here

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

On 31 January 2017 The Herald printed a factual article on the resolution of UCU’s dispute with the University of Stirling. You can read it here. Higher education is undergoing a period of significant change. Being a member of UCU is the first step towards tackling: Threats to research funding from Brexit An ongoing lack

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Universities’ performance in TEF should not be linked to tuition fees

Mar 8th, 2017 | By

Dear colleagues Recently, the House of Lords backed an amendment to the higher education (HE) bill that says universities’ performance in the teaching excellence framework (TEF) should not be linked to the tuition fees they are allowed to charge. This is a significant blow for the government and the result of a great deal of

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UCU Scotland in brief …

Jan 18th, 2017 | By

Governance Act We have received an update from the higher education minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, on the timescales for implementing the governance act and outlining when different aspects of the act will come into force.  The letter received is attached.  In line with what we’d previously been informed the provisions of the act were commenced at

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