The government's plans to reduce prisoner reoffending may be ignoring essential prisoner needs for education and support, according to teachers who work in prisons. The teachers' views were submitted to the Education and Skills Select Committee which this week quizzed Ministers on progress in implementing recommendations for prison education.
The UCU manifesto for the Scottish Parliament Elections is calling for greater investment in the knowledge economy by increasing the resources for Universities, but it states that the investment must come from the public purse not top-up fees.
The threat of industrial action is looming in Wales after college employers failed to agree to talks on lecturers' hours, holidays and workloads, despite continued joint union attempts to find a way forward.
The secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, has agreed to meet a union deputation on the FE dispute on 15 January 2007 thanks to approaches from UCU Northern Ireland region and UCU joint general secretary, Paul Mackney.
Today, as the high court referred a case on compulsory retirement at 65 to the European Court of Justice, UCU warned that preventing employees from working beyond 65, if they wish, could seriously worsen an imminent staffing shortage in further education colleges.