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.

University of Aberdeen taking strike action

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

Members at the University of Aberdeen took strike action on Wednesday, 7th December in response to the University’s plans to cut jobs and downgrade staff within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. If you would like to send messages of support and solidarity, please send these to the Aberdeen branch –  

Success at Coventry

Oct 25th, 2016 | By

UCU is pleased to confirm that staff who were put on FutureWorks agency contracts will now be offered CU Services employment contracts, recognition has now been agreed and in addition, the union and the University have agreed to meet for talks around the issue of dealing with recognition in the group’s companies. Thank you to

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Message from Sally Hunt – EU membership

Jun 28th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague Members will have differing views on the result of the referendum on EU membership. However what is not in doubt is that the UK now faces a period of considerable economic and political uncertainty. That uncertainty extends into the places where UCU members work in three main ways. First, in practical concerns about

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OU Arts Faculty members resign as external examiners

Jun 22nd, 2016 | By

OU Arts Faculty members resign as external examiners in support of UCU pay dispute. We the undersigned, members of the Open University’s Arts Faculty, are all willing to resign our roles as external examiners in support of the UCU pay dispute with the HE employers ( We do not take this decision lightly, but we

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UCU@work – new magazine for UCU

May 24th, 2016 | By

The publication that was created in response to the decision outlined below is UCU@work This is an excellent magazine, full of useful information. By way of background, at the 2015 Congress, Preston College branch submitted a motion which called for ‘the re-introduction of a regular UCU journal/magazine or newspaper at the earliest possible opportunity.’ When the

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Your views on performance-related pay

May 10th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, Performance-related pay and reward practices linked to performance management are issues of increasing concern to UCU members. Over the past few years, it seems that higher and further education institutions across the UK have been changing their performance management and reward practices. UCU has commissioned Dr Monica Franco-Santos from Cranfield University, to survey

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News from the UCU Scottish Retired Members’ Branch (RMB)

May 4th, 2016 | By

RMB Open Meeting, Friday 27th May:  Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh UniversityAs intimated to Congress at Stirling, RMB Scotland is holding an Open Meeting on the afternoon of Friday 27 May in Edinburgh to look at where things stand for Higher Education in Scotland following the passing of the HE Governance Act and the

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Precarious work in HE

Apr 26th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, Precarious work in further and higher education: new reports published. As you will know, UCU has been engaged in writing to institutions asking them to engage with the union in reviewing their use of casual and precarious work contracts. Over today and tomorrow we are publishing two new reports to support this work.

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