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STUC CONFERENCES

Feb 12th, 2020 | By

STUC Conferences:  The Future of Public Ownership Organised through the STUC Research Network, this is conference explores the future of public ownership, and is for trade union members, organisers and officers, as well as researchers, academics and campaigners. Wednesday 26 February 2020, 09:30-16:00 Renfield St Stephens, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow Space is limited so please

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UCU SCOTLAND CONGRESS 2020

Feb 12th, 2020 | By

 UCU Scotland Congress 2020:  Delegates and Motions Registration is now open for UCU Scotland’s 2020 Congress (and dinner the night before) at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank, on 27 March 2020.  Branches are encouraged to send their full quota of delegates (three plus honorary secretary or executive committee member), all of whom are fully funded by

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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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UCU Scotland Update as of 24 January

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Adult and continuing education meeting, Saturday 21 March Details of how to register delegates and submit motions to the adult and continuing education meeting. Migrant members’ annual conference, Thursday 27 February  The inaugural migrant members’ annual conference takes place on Thursday 27 February in London and full details are set out in this circular. Prison education annual meeting,

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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 https://www.ucu.org.uk 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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