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The New Jim Bradley Award

Jul 5th, 2017 | By

Message from a Member: The awards and celebration of success night went really well for the Access class, and they were delighted with their awards. 12 students won £100 vouchers from the John Smith Bookshop on campus, which was very generous of them. The manager, Chris Mylles, and assistant manager, Fiona McMillan, were in attendance.

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New Subscription Rates from 1 September 2017

Jul 5th, 2017 | By

The Stirling Branch UCU is holding its local subscription rates the same as last year but the Head Office standard rates are rising 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.



A consultative e-ballot on HE pay is now live

Jul 5th, 2017 | By

The consultative e-ballot on higher education pay is now live, following the decisions of HE conference and HEC.  It opened on Tuesday 4 July 2017 and it will close on Friday 28 July. The e-ballot is being supervised by the national campaigns team. Replacing missing e-ballots If members encounter any issues with receiving the email

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Draft Code of Governance

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

The new draft code of governance has been issued and can be accessed here.  On first reading it appears that there are certainly improvements on the old code but there are also areas that can still be improved.  The deadline for submissions on the draft code was 21 June.  UCU Scotland will be submitting further

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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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