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UCU Cymru represents members in both higher and further education in Wales
The Welsh Government and its executive determine how much funding colleges receive each year. Because of changes to the HE funding mechanism the funding follows the student and therefore universities are very dependent on the student numbers allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council in their fee planning policy. Both funding mechanisms have to be funded by the budget available to the Welsh Government.
Education policy is a devolved matter and UCU Cymru spends a significant amount of time and energy ensuring that all politicians are aware of the issues which affect UCU members in both sectors in Wales.
Every college of further education and every university has a branch of UCU with branch officers who are trained to provide advice on the policies and procedures operated by your employer.
UCU Cymru documents
Guidance for branches in Wales:
Recent consultation responses include:
Higher education in Wales
The main policy focus of UCU Wales is to ensure that higher education is high on the agenda of the Welsh government and that strategic developments are beneficial to staff and the universities.
The Minister for Education and Skills announced in November 2013 that he had asked Professor Ian Diamond, Vice Chancellor of Aberdeen University to chair a review of higher education funding and student finance arrangements in Wales. A factual summary will be produced in Autumn 2015, with final report in September 2016.
UCU Cymru is currently working on a submission to the review panel. If you would like to be involved in that process please contact Lisa Edwards: email@example.com
Further education in Wales
Wales National Contract
Colleges will start to implement the new national contract from next academic year 2014-15, the implementation agreement (.pdf) [86kb] articulates in writing the requirements in relation to staff working in colleges. See the FE agreements in Wales page for further information.
Members to be balloted for action over pay offer
An indicative e-ballot of UCU Cymru FE members was held in November to determine the membership's view on declaring a formal industrial dispute and holding a ballot on taking action up to and including strike action. This took place after the recent announcement by the employers of a 'final offer' 0% pay award for all FE staff for 2014-15 with no option for further negotiation.
Of the members who voted 79.8% backed the call for strike action, with 94.6% saying they were prepared to take action short of a strike.
A full ballot for industrial action, taking place in conjunction with the other joint trade unions, will now take place between 3 December 2014 and noon on 5 January 2015
Find full details on the FE Wales pay page.
For further information please contact Karen Williams, Wales Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
National pay scales in Wales
All lecturing staff should be paid on the rates laid out in the following pay scales:
available from the Wales FE recommended salary scales page.
If you do have any queries please email Karen Williams.
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