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:

Update on Dundee University job cuts – Please sign and attend the lobby

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

Dundee University has recently announced it will cut up to 120 jobs across the university. Their rationale being that they want to make a larger surplus. However UCU Dundee do not believe such drastic financial measures are needed or fair, and do not believe that university management will achieve the job cuts they are anticipating

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Mental health problems on the rise among UK academics

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

According to a recent article in the Guardian, mental health problems are on the rise among UK academics  amid the pressures of greater job insecurity, constant demand for results and an increasingly marketised higher education system. University counselling staff and workplace health experts have seen a steady increase in numbers seeking help for mental health problems

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‘Stirling Tab’s’ interview, doggy style, from the picket line

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

Loki the dog was interviewed following  her presence on the UCU Stirling Branch picket line! The ‘Stirling Tab’ students’ newspaper saw Loki while she was picketing recently and they interviewed her to find out her views. This very amusing and excellent interview can be seen here.

Zero hours contracts consultation

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

Are you or have you been on a zero-hours contract? The government has opened up an online consultation on zero-hours contracts. We need every member who has experience of zero-hours contracts to respond to this consultation as soon as possible. Full details of the consultation and how to participate are on our website.