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The Results of the Ballot are here

Oct 23rd, 2018 | By

Dear colleague The results of the ballot are now available here. You will see that despite the enormous efforts made by the Union – with branches and UCU staff working hand in hand – very few institutions have achieved the 50% turnout required by the law before industrial action is possible. It is very frustrating

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UCU wins right to strike for migrant workers

Sep 18th, 2018 | By

After months of campaigning by UCU, including most recently the threat of legal action, the home secretary Sajid Javid has announced that he will be changing the immigration rules to ensure that migrant workers will now be able to play a full part in legal strike action without fearing the impact on their immigration status. This is

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USS Update

Sep 18th, 2018 | By

The employer consultation on the proposed increases to member and employer contributions, and the removal of the match, to address the 2017 valuation is now live and will run until 5pm on 2 November 2018. As explained in our recent member update, both employer and member contributions are proposed to increase (subject to any amendments

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Transforming Lives – One of our best campaigns

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

Dear colleague In my opinion Transforming Lives is one of the best campaigns this union has run. By using the real stories of teachers and learners the project demonstrates the real value of further education to the wider world and clearly articulates the need for proper funding and support for the sector. Please see below

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Health and Safety Reps’ course – Glasgow, August 2018

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

A Health and Safety Reps’ course is being arranged in Glasgow on 20, 21 and 22 August 2018 . Please register here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7813/HS-1-Induction-Health–safety-reps-role-and-functions-20-22-August-2018-Glasgow This course is free of charge to members and the information gained will be very useful for your future.



Focus group on gender based violence support cards

Jun 19th, 2018 | By

We are working to help Universities Scotland produce a support card for staff working in higher education.  The idea is that staff will be issued with the cards so that they are able to deal appropriately in the event of a student or staff member disclosing that they have been a subject of gender based

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Two teach-outs held at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

Mar 15th, 2018 | By

During the strike weeks, two excellent and informative teach-outs were held at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Over 50 members attended the first meeting that had attracted a number of interesting speakers including three students who spoke about their support for UCU and their justification for the strike. The second teach-out was equally

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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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Transforming UCU for the future

Feb 5th, 2018 | By

Important messages from UCU general secretary Sally Hunt Dear colleague, I was re-elected earlier this year on a clear mandate – make UCU fit to face the future in an increasingly uncertain world. We have been busy since then and I want to share with you five key areas where we have made progress. 1.

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New Subscription Rates from 1 September 2017

Jul 5th, 2017 | By

The Stirling Branch UCU has held its local subscription rates the same as last year but the Head Office standard rates have risen very slightly from 1st September. You can see the new rates here. If you have any questions, please contact Pam at PMcGibbon2@ucu.org.uk.