Higher Education and Research Bill

Dec 7th, 2016 | By | Category: Further information
The government’s controversial proposals for higher education went to the House of Lords recently and you can read our briefing outlining the union’s concerns on privatisation and deregulation here. Many peers have a relationship with universities and you can help scrap the HE Bill by writing to them and linking to our briefing.

Dear colleague

Recently I asked you to contact members of the House of Lords about the Higher Education and Research Bill.

So many of you answered the call that some peers we contacted told us they had already received dozens of messages that day from university staff. Thank you!

A few members reported that your messages did not get through for one reason or another. Again thank you for telling us – we are now working further to get round these problems in time for the new year when the Lords next vote.

I wrote an article for The Daily Telegraph which I hope some peers at least will read before today’s debate, called ‘The wrong bill at the wrong time’ and you can read it here.

Thank you for your great support for the union.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary

Dear colleague,

Tomorrow the Higher Education and Research Bill goes back to the House of Lords for its second reading.

We have been working round the clock to brief peers about the bill.

  • How it will open the floodgates for “for profit” education
  • How it will weaken university autonomy
  • How it opens the way for fee increases linked to the TEF

Now will you help us by ‘lobbying a Lord’?

To make things easy, we have created a list of peers who have a relationship with a UK university.  It may be that they attended, taught or held high office at an institution.

Please use our online tool to write to any peers who are associated with your university – tell them where you work! If you can’t find anyone associated with your institution, write to another peer.

This bill claims to be about improving quality but contains nothing to improve the status and conditions of the university staff and will damage the UK’s hard won academic reputation.

Please lobby a Lord now by clicking here.

Thank you again.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary


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