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UCU Scotland

UCU Scotland has an autonomous executive which operates under the umbrella of national UCU.


Information : InformationThe UCU Scotland office has moved and can now be contacted on 0141 225 8160. Click here for the full contact details.


The UCU Scotland executive has representatives from every branch in Scotland.

UCU Scotland raises issues by:

  • lobbying the Scottish Parliament
  • working with the Scottish Government and MSPs.

We work with and influence:

  • Universities Scotland
  • The Scottish Funding Council
  • Scottish media
  • NUS Scotland
  • Scottish representative bodies

Higher education governance bill

UCU Scotland has welcomed the publication of a bill by the Scottish Government which will introduce new measures to make the governance of higher education institutions more transparent, and enable the election of chairs.

The Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill takes forward a number of recommendations from the 2012 review of governance in Scottish universities and other higher education institutions, chaired by Robert Gordon University Principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski.

The bill will:

  • require higher education institutions ('HEIs') to appoint the chair of their governing body in accordance with an agreed, consistent process. Through this, the Scottish Government aims to introduce elected chairs for the governing bodies of all Scottish higher education institutions
  • ensure that staff, students and trade unions are included in the membership of HEI governing bodies
  • limit the membership of academic boards to no more than 120 people
  • strengthen the current statutory definition of academic freedom by explicitly protecting the freedom to develop and advance new ideas and innovative proposals.

Read the full story here.

The consultation


UCU Scotland's election manifesto

In preparation for the general election in 2015, UCU Scotland set out seven policy proposals for higher education and called on politicians from all parties to recognise the value of higher education and support these proposals.

Find our more about our manifesto and UCU's wider election campaigning here.


v-small twitter white 24x24 : Small twitter white bird logo in blue box You can follow UCU Scotland on Twitter: @ucuscotland

Or visit the UCU Scotland blog at: ucuscotland.wordpress.com


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