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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.

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 –  ucu@abdn.ac.uk  

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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