30th November Strike action: Advice to members

The UCU has been contacted by a number of members who have been asked by their College administrators to provide notice of any intention to undertake industrial action on 30 November. We have sought the advice of our Region Office and previous practice (no prior notification is required) has been confirmed. Regional Office advises clearly: … Continue reading 30th November Strike action: Advice to members

Branch meeting minutes: 15/11/2011

Tuesday 15 November 2011 at 15.00 L6 Laver Building, Streatham Campus Alan Gregory introduced Michael MacNeil to a well-attended branch meeting. MM reported on discussions with the Director of HR (Stephen Cooper), with Alan Gregory (Joint President) and Nick Birbeck (Secretary). SC had stated that the University’s view was that it could improve on national … Continue reading Branch meeting minutes: 15/11/2011

Committee meeting minutes: 15/11/2011

Tuesday 15 November 2011 at 13.00 1E Queens Building, Streatham Campus Present: Alan Gregory (Joint President and Chair), Paul Sandy, Nick Birbeck, Tom Bunting, Joseph Melling (minutes), Justin Pollard, Carolyn Walker (INTO), Juliette Stephenson. Attending: Michael MacNeil, Nova Gresham (UCU Head Office and Regional Office) Apologies: Jonathan Gosling (President), Jonathan Barry, Ulrike Zitzlsperger The chair … Continue reading Committee meeting minutes: 15/11/2011

Campaigns Update 18th November 2011

In this week’s campaigns update: 30 November – tens of thousands more public sector workers vote to join pensions strike More UCU branches vote for action USS talks begin and UCU challenges the valuation of the scheme Northumberland College fends off Newcastle College Group’s advances UCU calls for urgent policy rethink as youth unemployment hits … Continue reading Campaigns Update 18th November 2011

Campaigns Update 11th November 2011

In this week’s campaigns update: General Secretary counters Times Higher attacks on UCU November 30 – Building for action across the whole union USS work-to-contract in the national press Select committee backs UCU calls for greater regulation of for-profits Privatisation under the spotlight at De Montfort University 27 universities and colleges seek to cut fees … Continue reading Campaigns Update 11th November 2011

Campaigns Update 4th November 2011

In this week’s campaigns update:  Unions respond to improved public sector pensions offer Government withdraws college governance reforms UCU delivers stinging rebuke to for-profit chief Leaked documents increase fears over Northumberland College merger UCU members ‘getting their lives back’ by doing their jobs Stress levels increasing in further and higher education University of East Anglia … Continue reading Campaigns Update 4th November 2011

Privatisation , Privilege and Impoverishment?

The Government White Paper on Higher Education- What it means for you. The government’s white paper on higher education is potentially the most radical document to affect the academy for a generation. The University and College union is organizing a number of debates across the country. Exeter has been at the forefront of developments in … Continue reading Privatisation , Privilege and Impoverishment?