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Latest information from UCU Scotland

Sep 5th, 2017 | By | Category: News
Training  – Reps 1, Glasgow

A Reps 1 course is taking place at John Smith House, Glasgow on 17-19 April 2018.  Please register here:


Training – Equality Reps, 23 and 24 April 2018,  Glasgow

An Equality Reps course is taking place at John Smith House, Glasgow on 23 and 24 April 2018. Please register here:


Nominations to UCU Scotland’s Education Committee
UCU Scotland’s education committee meets throughout the year to consider areas of work of importance to the union.  Committee members help to produce the union’s submissions to government and parliamentary enquiries and consultations and have helped arrange the policy conferences held in recent years and will contribute to the conference being planned for this autumn.  The committee also has a set agenda item to consider international issues.  The current members have been on since 2015 and we are now looking for branches to nominate members to the committee.  Existing members of the committee are welcome to be re-nominated by their branch.  An e-mail confirming that the branch is nominating a member onto the committee needs to be received by the UCU Scotland office on scotland@ucu.org.uk by Tuesday 12 September 2017.  If you’re interested in being on the committee you should contact your branch and ask them to nominate you.  For more information on the role, please feel free to contact UCU Policy and Communications Officer Murdo Mathison on mmathison@ucu.org.uk or 0141 225 8163.  Meeting dates confirmed for 2017/18 are 20 September, 8 November, 24 January, and 25 April.  The meetings will take place in the Glasgow office other than the November one which is planned for Edinburgh.  Members can also skype into meetings if they can’t attend in person.
Education Conference, 26 October 2017

UCU Scotland are hosting a conference on Thursday 26 October 2017 at the teaching and learning centre at the University of Strathclyde.  The full agenda is still being brought together but Professor John Holmwood from the Campaign for the Public University and the Scottish Commissioner for Fair Access, Professor Peter Scott, are confirmed and will be joined by other keynote speakers.  The conference will examine various issues including the purpose and funding of higher education in Scotland and academic freedom.  Full details and  an invitation to book a place will be sent out within the next few days.

Women of Colour Researchers in Scotland: A Mentoring Symposium  –BSA Early Career Forum Regional Event – NEW

Please see link below for details of  an event aiming to  bring together women of colour doctoral students and early career researchers to participate in dialogue about their academic experience:


STUC Disabled Workers’ Conference, 18-19 November

The STUC Disabled Workers’ Conference is taking place on 18 and 19 November at the Golden Jubilee Conference  Hotel in Clydebank. Please forward the names of anyone interested in attending as a delegate to Nicola McGowan – nmcgowan@ucu.org.uk – by Friday, 22 September.



Heriot-Watt University petition – no compulsory redundancies

Please sign UCU’s petition calling for no compulsory redundancies at Heriot-Watt University.  Without any prior indication to staff or recognised trade unions, on 3 March, 2017 Heriot-Watt University, announced a plan to make 100 staff redundant – a saving of £4.5m and a reduction in 5 per cent of all staff employed in their Scottish campuses. The University also set out a two-year “recruitment chill”, which is likely to see a further 100 job losses due to the non-replacement of 100 staff. They have also refused repeatedly to rule out compulsory redundancies citing a “Brexit effect”, and “the UK government’s immigration policies and messaging” as key factors. However, last year alone they spent in excess of 9 million pounds on consultants and are still forging ahead with building refurbishments at a cost of 10 million. UCU’s petition calling for no compulsory redundancies can be found here.  Please sign and share as widely as possible.


Glasgow International Brigade Commemoration

Glasgow HOPE not Hate are again organising the Glasgow International Brigade Commemoration in association with the International Brigade memorial Trust. The Commemoration will take place on 9th September, 11.00am at La Pasionaria Statue, Custom House Quay, Glasgow.  Please see the attached flyer (first attachment) for more info.

Protest at Tory Party Conference in Manchester – Sunday 1 October 2017
The People’s Assembly (Scotland) are organising transportation to a protest at the Tory Party Conference on Sunday 1st October. If interested in booking a place on the coach, please email scotland@ucu.org.uk before Tuesday 12 September.
Scottish Pensioners’ Forum

Please find attached (second attachment)  information on a demonstration planned by the Scottish Pensioners’ Forum to take place outside the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 28th September 2017 from 10.45am.



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