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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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NUS call for evidence: the impact of cuts to ESOL

Oct 6th, 2015 | By

The National Union of Students (NUS) plan to run a new campaign to raise awareness of the importance of ESOL availability, particularly in relation to recent debates about migrant assimilation and the Syrian refugee crisis. They would love to hear from UCU members who have particularly been affected by the impact of ESOL cuts. Contact

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Unions rally against redundancies at University of Manchester

Oct 6th, 2015 | By

UCU, Unison and Unite members protested over redundancies at the University of Manchester last week with over 300 marching on campus to rally against the redundancies involving staff who have been on the redeployment register for more than 3 months and also as a result of the restructuring of IT Services.

You can now join us by telephone!

Sep 30th, 2015 | By

UCU has now launched a telephone joining service so that if you would prefer to join over the telephone you can call the membership team on 020 7756 2567. The Union’s national recruitment week takes place week commencing 16 November so why not help us to build the Union by passing this link on to

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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. http://www.ucu.org.uk/he2015 www.ucu.org.uk/circ/rtf/UCUHE252.rtf www.ucu.org.uk/circ/pdf/UCUHE252.pdf      

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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