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News Roundup and Policy Documents

Apr 16th, 2019 | By | Category: News

UCU Scotland education conference video and documents – a resource for branches

UCU Scotland has produced a video and policy discussion documents to help branches develop policy and hold policy discussions on issues of key interest and concern to members.  As well as developing policy through motions and at UCU UK and Scottish congresses, the union also runs regular education conferences looking at the future of higher education in Scotland.  The 20 minute long video below contains content from our most recent conference titled ‘What next for Scottish higher education?’  In the video you’ll see speakers consider the big questions of the purpose of universities and academic freedom.  The video ends with a series of questions branches can use as a starter for discussions locally.

As well as the video, UCU Scotland’s education committee have produced five policy discussion documents.  These cover casualisation, workload, higher education governance, widening access and principals’ pay.  As with the video, these are for branches to use for local discussion rather than statements of UCU Scotland policy.  They give an outline of the current policy debate on each issue, summarise the union’s perspective and then have some suggested questions and areas for discussion for branches and members to consider.  Printed copies are available from the UCU Scotland office or you can download each of the policy discussion papers below.



Widening access


Principals pay

For more information on UCU Scotland’s policy work or the work of the UCU Scotland education committee contact UCU Scotland office on 0141 225 8160 or scotland[at]ucu.org.uk.

Courage – A Course for Leading Change in an Unequal World

An STUC Equality Committees Weekend School on “Courage – A Course for Leading Change in an Unequal World” will be held at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank, 24 and 25 August 2019.

 There are 60 places for this course on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in attending please speak to your branch in the first instance, after which the branch can liaise with UCUS to complete the necessary form.

Please note the deadline of Friday 2 August to register. Any queries regarding the course contact Helen Carson at the STUC – hcarson@stuc.org.uk

UCU Scotland Training Courses – Register Now!

There are several UCU training courses confirmed which can be registered for now.

UCU Trade Unions and the Environment – Green Reps role
12 June   Glasgow
Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/9967/Trade-unions-and-the-environment—Green-Reps-role-function–influence

 UCU Reps 1
27-29 August 2019
Edinburgh (Heriot-Watt University)
Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7800/UCU-reps
This course is now fully subscribed and a waiting list has been started. If you wish to join the waiting list please register via the link as normal.

UCU Reps 2
3-5 December 2019
Glasgow (City of Glasgow College)
Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7800/UCU-reps
Those wishing to register for courses should speak to their respective branch in the first instance and please note courses must be attended in their entirety.
Travel, food, and accommodation (where necessary) expenses are covered by UCU Scotland.

UCU National Dispute Committee – USS

Tim Wilson is the Scotland representative on UCU’s National Dispute Committee. The Committee is looking for feedback from branches on the USS member contribution increases along with other issues, outlined in the attached letter.  Branches can feed in to Tim by emailing him at t.j.wilson@dundee.ac.uk

REF2021 Codes of Practice

REF 2021 Codes of Conduct are being finalised in Scottish universities prior to their submission to the UK-wide REF team – which includes the Equality and Diversity panel (EDAP).   However, Scotland has a different, and more far reaching equality legal framework, including the public sector equality duty which requires public bodies to positively contribution to the advancement of equality.  Branches are encourage to engage with their employers (if they have not been involved already), to input into the development of the Codes of Practice, and to urge universities to report on their positive actions to advance equality.  UCU guidance on REF is available at this link:  https://www.ucu.org.uk/REF.

Branches requiring further advice or support on the consultation on the Codes should contact the UCU Scotland Office.


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