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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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Breakdown of the final USS ballot results

Oct 31st, 2014 | By

The ballot closed at noon on Monday 20 October 2014. The responses to the questions members were balloted on are as follows: Are you prepared to take industrial action consisting of strike action? Number of ballot papers counted: 17,212 Number voting YES: 13,395 (77.8%) Number voting NO: 3,817 (22.2%) Are you prepared to take industrial

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New legal scheme agreed by the NEC

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

The NEC has agreed a new legal scheme, a copy of which is available here. The scheme is substantially unchanged, the difference being an amendment to the wording in regulation 1.5. Please make sure that if you use the legal scheme, you are aware of the new scheme, and that if you are seeking legal assistance, you are provided with

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Lecturers at University of Dundee begin work to contract

Jul 1st, 2014 | By

Lecturers at the University of Dundee have begun to work to contract in an escalation of their dispute with the university over plans to cut 120 jobs. The action* means that members of the University and College Union (UCU) at the university will only work their contracted hours, perform no extra voluntary duties (such as out of hours

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Lesson observation has no discernible impact …

Jun 18th, 2014 | By

Lesson observation has no discernible impact on the quality of teaching and learning: A new report has called into question the widely used practice of graded lesson observation, suggesting it has no discernible impact on the quality of teaching and learning. A year-long project Dr by Dr Matt O’Leary looking into the use and impact

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Update on HE pay, from Sally Hunt

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By

Dear member, As you may have heard from your Branch, the result of the recent ballot on the ‘full and final’ pay offer made by the HE employers was as follows: A total of 30,141 valid votes were counted, giving a turnout of 52.6 percent. The eligible votes were cast as follows: To accept the

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The Open University’s closure plans in East Grinstead

May 20th, 2014 | By

“The Open University has announced the closure of our regional office in East Grinstead, some of the staff can relocate to the OU office in Camden, London but many of the 64 people will lose their jobs,” writes their UCU Branch Administrator. They have just issued the following press release: THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY AND

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