Scotland in union by Douglas Chalmers, President, UCU Scotland

Aug 5th, 2015 | By

Click here to read a letter from Douglas Chalmers that was published in the Times Higher Education on 9th July 2015.

The work UCU will be doing over the next few months …

Jul 29th, 2015 | By

Dear colleague, As we approach the end of the summer term, I wanted to write to set out the work the union will be doing over the next few months. There is no doubt that wherever you live in the UK, the election of a new Westminster government three months ago brings considerable challenges for

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Pay consultative ballot result

Jun 30th, 2015 | By

Please see here an update on the result of the pay consultative ballot, the decisions made by the higher education committee (HEC) on 26 June and the next steps in the pay campaign.      

Supreme Court rules in our favour!

Apr 29th, 2015 | By

Update from the UCU Stirling Branch Executive: Dear Member, You may already have heard that UCU has won the case it brought against the University over the treatment of fixed-term contract staff in the cutbacks in 2009/10. UCU wanted these staff included in the consultation over potential redundancies but the University argued that this was

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Counter-terrorism and Security Bill

Feb 3rd, 2015 | By

Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary, sent the following message to all members: Dear colleague As you may know UCU is campaigning against proposals in the government’s Counter-terrorism and Security Bill which we believe pose a threat to academic freedom and risk undermining the trust between teacher and student in colleges and universities. On the eve

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Funeral arrangements for Jim Bradley – Thursday 28th January

Jan 28th, 2015 | By

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing away of Jim Bradley, who acted as both Vice President and President of UCU Stirling Branch. He made a huge contribution to the Union and UCU Scotland as a whole, as well as to the wider trade union movement. He was a much loved

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Survey re exploring fairness, accessibility and transparency of HE process

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

Sally Hunt has sent a reminder that all UCU members are invited to complete our survey exploring the fairness, accessibility and transparency of the higher education application and admission process and how this works for your students. Please do take a moment to complete the survey.

Anti-casualisation survey – if this applies to you, please complete it

Dec 8th, 2014 | By

As part of our national campaigning work against casualisation, UCU is conducting research on the impact of precarious and casualised contracts on the struggle to make ends meet. While universities and colleges are happy to use the line that institutions and staff alike ‘value the flexibility’ of casualised contracts, members tell us that they struggle

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List of useful resources/ websites re pensions dispute

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

Pensions dispute: Bullying tactics violate workers’ human rights 11 November 2014 By Professor Alan Bogg, University of Oxford and Professor K D Ewing, King’s College London. How should workers respond to bullying and intimidation tactics used by employers during industrial action disputes? Two leading academics consider the current dispute in the university sector. It is

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Updated news re USS

Nov 14th, 2014 | By

Latest letter from Sally Hunt: Dear colleague,   THANK YOU! Over 6,000 of you have already signed our mass petition re USS.   We have had a few emails from members who are saying that they cannot view the link to the petition in yesterday’s email – for those who can’t, here it is again

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