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.

Learning for Life – New CPD programme

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

Dear colleague   I’m very pleased to welcome you to our new Continuing Professional Development programme ‘Learning for Life’. UCU is now offering a range of CPD resources – free as a benefit of membership – aimed at supporting you, both in your career and for your own personal development. You can access the new

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Zero hours contracts

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

The publicity surrounding zero hours contracts continues with another article in the Guardian on the use of zero hours contracts in UK universities: A recent YouGov survey also suggest that the majority of the public think zero hours are a bad thing (67 per cent) and would support a ban (56 per cent).  

UCU Reps’ Training Survey

Jul 25th, 2013 | By

 UCU Reps’ Training Survey We are looking for expressions of interest in a UCU Reps course to take place in Dundee in February 2014.  To help ensure we deliver this valuable course in a format that suits the majority of Reps in Scotland we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey

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Project for hourly paid staff

May 7th, 2013 | By

A message to members from Jim Bradley, UCU Stirling Branch President. “Would any hourly paid staff be interested in the following project?” Regards, Jim “We are a team of Hourly Paid Lecturers and ex-Hourly Paid Lecturers concerned with the increasingly problematic growth of casual and insecure work in UK Universities. We are launching a research project

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Disability Leave Survey – Can you help?

May 7th, 2013 | By

From: James Taylor <> Sent: Thursday, 25 April 2013, 11:30 Subject: Disability leave – examples of good practice Dear Colleagues, UCU is currently involved in a joint working party with HE employers examining the issue of disability leave.  We are in urgent need of case studies, real life examples, policies, etc to help demonstrate how

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Changes to Employment Law

Apr 10th, 2013 | By

As many of you will know, the government has been busy making plans to change employment law. These changes come into effect on different dates, some are unconfirmed as yet but on 6 April 2013 the following changes took effect: • The reduction in the minimum consultation period where an employer proposes 100 or more redundancies at

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