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Information from UCU Scotland – September 2020

May 12th, 2020 | By

Latest UCU branch guidance  Updated Scottish Government guidance for Universities Updated Scottish Government guidance for universities, colleges and accommodation providers on safe returns to campus was published this week. UCU welcomed the recognition that it won’t be campus life as normal this year, but expressed concerns that remote learning is not explicitly the default position,

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Latest branch circulars from Head Office

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Please see below the latest branch circulars for your information. UCU/1038 On-line interim Congress, 28-30 October 2020: arrangements including registration and late motionsThe arrangements for an on-line interim Congress meeting are issued here, including registration (deadline: 17:00, Friday 16 October) and the submission of late motions and amendments (deadline: 12 noon, Friday 2 October). There

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UCU has called on the Government and universities to switch to fully online teaching

Aug 7th, 2019 | By

Dear colleague, UCU has called on the government and universities to switch to fully online teaching as the default for the duration of next term. We have not taken this decision lightly but we believe that it is in the best interests of staff, students and the public. Read the story outlining our position here.

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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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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.