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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 (https://www.ucu.org.uk/he2016). 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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Calling all reps! UCU UK Congress, Liverpool, in June 2016

Feb 17th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague Please see below a branch circular for your attention containing the first report of UCU’s congress business committee: UCU/722 congress 2016: first report of the congress business committee Motions submitted to congress and the higher education (HE) and further education (FE) sector conferences, as ordered by the congress business committee, which will form

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A big year of campaigning for job security – a bigger one to come

Jan 5th, 2016 | By

The campaign for job security has been one of UCU’s national priorities in the last year, encompassing lobbying of parliament and government, a succession of press stories that have kept the issue in the public eye, a series of agreements that have made real inroads into casualisation at institutional level and new campaigns emerging in

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Sally Hunt’s request for support for colleagues at London Metropolitan University

Jan 5th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, I’m writing once again to ask for your support and solidarity on behalf of colleagues at London Metropolitan University who, having been subjected to several years of job cuts and upheaval, now face yet another round of staff redundancies and the closure of large numbers of courses and two of the university’s three

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Help Aberdeen UCU save jobs – sign our petition

Jan 5th, 2016 | By

The UCU branch at Aberdeen University have set up a petition along with the Students’ Association at the University to campaign against compulsory job losses. Despite having made savings of around £8 million the university are pressing ahead with plans to make staff redundant. The branch are currently balloting on industrial action but need your

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