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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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An important feature from the Guardian and a survey by UCU on stress

May 14th, 2014 | By

OVERWORKED AND ISOLATED? The link below will take you to an excellent and important feature from the Guardian that gives very worrying statistics on how work pressure fuels mental illness in academia. We believe that the only way we will be able to change this situation is if more academics become active in the union

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How UCU Stirling Branch marked Anti-casualisation Day

May 8th, 2014 | By

UCU Stirling Branch marked Anticasualistion Day on 7 May 2014 with stands in both Pathfoot and Cottrell. We handed out  explanatory literature and answered many questions on zero hours contracts, short term contracts and other union activities. Claire Johnston had come to Stirling from Edinburgh to assist in answering questions and speaking to members as well as non-members. If you missed

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Please support your colleagues at Glasgow.

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

Urgent message from UCU Edinburgh Office: Please support your colleagues at Glasgow. Dear All, Acting in good faith, two UCU members, along with many others from UCU across the UK, used the template message sent out by our General Secretary, Sally Hunt. This was to communicate with their students the reasons for their absence on

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Evidence given to Westminster Scottish Affairs Select Committee

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

Last week UCU Scotland’s Mary Senior and hourly paid members Rachel Shanks and Justine Seran gave evidence to the Westminster Scottish Affairs Select Committee. You can watch the footage here: You can read the evidence session at the Parliament website here: