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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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Pay Update

Nov 25th, 2015 | By

You may have seen in the press that UCU has noted the 1% pay offer for 2015 (there are larger increases for staff at the bottom of the pay spines). The offer also includes joint work with UCEA relating to the gender pay gap and to casual and hourly paid staff. The pay round is

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USS Scheme changes update – Benefit illustrator now available

Nov 25th, 2015 | By

Dear USS member USS For the future has been recently been updated. Firstly a new benefit illustrator is now available. This allows you to estimate your retirement benefits and includes both those benefits already earned and those you may earn in future. There is also a new Preparing for the Changes section which contains information

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Petition to release Dr Miguel Beltrán from La Picota prison

Nov 25th, 2015 | By

On Thursday 19 November representatives from UCU and Justice for Colombia handed in a 5,000-strong petition to the Colombian authorities about the imprisonment of Dr. Miguel Beltrán.  Once again, a big thank you to all members who signed it. This petition was available to members via the link shown below, in Sally Hunt’s letter: A letter to all

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