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News Roundup and Policy Documents

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

UCU Scotland education conference video and documents – a resource for branches UCU Scotland has produced a video and policy discussion documents to help branches develop policy and hold policy discussions on issues of key interest and concern to members.  As well as developing policy through motions and at UCU UK and Scottish congresses, the union

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There is still time to apply to go to the UK wide Congress

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

We would like to encourage our branch members to register as delegate(s) for UCU’s UK-wide congress, which, this year takes place in Harrogate.  Very few delegates from Scotland have registered to date, and this is the key decision-making body of our Union. As usual, registration can be done on-line.  This is the link for branches

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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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Following on from our recent Brexit Round Table

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

Our UCU Stirling Branch held a Brexit Round Table on Thursday 25 May, where 6 speakers gave information from various perspectives and answered questions on Brexit. Following on from the meeting, we are planning to form a Brexit Working Group that would report to our Branch periodically on any important information that might be of

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Training: Effective Negotiating and Bargaining, 28-30 August, Aberdeen

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

An ‘Effective Negotiating and Bargaining’ course is being held in Aberdeen from 28-30 August. Course details and registration is available here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8719/Effective-negotiating-and-bargaining-28—30-August-2017-Aberdeen

Deeply flawed and damaging HE and Research Bill

Apr 26th, 2017 | By

Dear colleague, URGENT: the deeply flawed and damaging Higher Education and Research Bill will return to the House of Commons tomorrow. Due to the work of UCU, NUS and others, many changes have been made by the House of Lords that will hinder the government’s plans for further marketisation and privatisation of our universities. Amendments,

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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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Precarious employment in universities

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

UCU continues to keep the heat on universities with our ‘stamp out casual contracts’ campaign. Following an excellent day of action against precarious employment UCU general secretary Sally Hunt has spoken out in the Times Higher Education (THE) on HE institutions’ inadequate response to published data showing an exploitative employment model.