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UCU Northern Ireland
UCU represents members in further and higher education across Northern Ireland. We also represent staff in a number of training organizations.
Post-school education and training in the region are issues devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly and its executive. Funding is provided via the Department of Employment and Learning which receives an allocation from the executive out of the UK Treasury grant.
We maintain strong links with the assembly's Employment and Learning Committee.
See also UCU Northern Ireland contacts:
Vote for action against budget cuts
UCU members voted in February 2015 over taking strike action against job losses in universities and colleges throughout Northern Ireland. This followed news that the Northern Ireland Executive has reduced the budget to the Department of Employment and Learning by £48m and we are clear that a 6.4% cut constitutes a serious assault on post-school education with job cuts, insecurity and unmanageable workloads for remaining staff across the sector. You can view the scrutineer's report here (.pdf) [106kb].
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UCU Northern Ireland and the National Union of Students/Union of Students of Ireland successfully lobbied for the retention of Educational Maintenance Allowance - the scheme has been revised but still retains payments which will benefit around 25,000 students in Northern Ireland. In summary from the beginning of academic year 2013/2014, eligible 16-19 year old students in full-time education will qualify for:
Northern Ireland has five dedicated HE institutions. These are:
All HE institutions are part of UCEA and are part of UK negotiating machinery for the determination of pay. Each institution has its own locally negotiated conditions of service.
Most academic and related staff at Queens, UU and OU are members of the University Superannuation Scheme for pension purposes. Lecturers at St.Mary's and Stranmillis for the most part are members of the Northern Ireland Teachers' Pension Scheme.
Some 15% of higher education in Northern Ireland is also delivered through the six further education colleges.
Key information for HE members in Northern Ireland:
Northern Ireland has six further education colleges which are area based. These are:
All colleges are part of the Colleges' Employers Forum and Colleges NI. The pay and conditions of service for lecturing staff are determined centrally at the Lecturers Negotiating Committee. A separate bargaining forum determines the pay and conditions of service of directors and deputies.
Government consults widely in Northern Ireland on proposed policy initiatives and legislation. UCU makes comment in respect of education policy. Recent comments include:
The Minister for Employment and Learning is appointed under the assembly's rules and is a member of the Northern Ireland Executive. The department is scrutinised by the assembly's Employment and Learning Committee - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of committee work can be accessed here includes minutes, listen again facility, forward work programme, press releases, research papers, inquiries and events.