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UCU Wales

UCU Cymru represents members in both higher and further education in Wales


September 2015

UCU manifesto for Welsh assembly elections 2016 launched: The manifesto sets out our vision for the post 16 education sector in Wales, one where the value of education is recognised in its own right, for the importance of providing opportunities to develop personal skills and not just a tool for delivering an employer skills agenda measured only by its economic value:
 (.pdf) file type icon Making education work for all: UCU Wales manifesto for Welsh assembly elections 2016 (.pdf) [214kb]

June 2015

Petition against decision to decimate further education handed to Welsh Assembly

May 2015

Dispute at University of South Wales, Newport - members vote for action

April 2015

Education Workforce Council created

January 2015

FE revised 1% pay offer accepted

See also:

Post-16 education and UCU 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.

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UCU Cymru documents

Guidance for branches in Wales:

Recent consultation responses include:

Click through for all HE responses, FE responses, and cross-sectoral submissions.

Higher education in Wales

The main policy focus of UCU Cymru 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: ledwards@ucu.org.uk

Dispute at University of South Wales, Newport

Members of UCU at the University of South Wales's Newport City and Caerleon campuses have voted for industrial action in a long-running dispute over course closures and redundancies: Members back strike action at University of South Wales

See also the   (.pdf) file type icon USW Newport UCU newsletter (.pdf) [195kb].
For further information please contact Karen Williams in the Wales office: kwilliams@ucu.org.uk

Key information:

FE for everyone: UCU Cymru FE funding campaign : UCU Cymru FE funding campaign'FE for Everyone': information on the campaign opposing the savage cuts to FE funding in Wales

Further education in Wales

Education Workforce Council

The new professional body for the education workforce, including FE lecturers, came into force on 1 April 2015. Information on the aims and purposes of the EWC can be found here:  (.pdf) file type icon UCU Wales branch officer briefing on the Education Workforce Council Wales, Apr 15 (.pdf) [101kb]

Wales national contract

Colleges started to implement the National Contract for all Staff in Wales from academic year 2014-15. The  (.pdf) file type icon implementation agreement (.pdf) [86kb] sets out the requirements in relation to staff working in colleges. See the FE Wales national agreements page for further information.

Wales FE pay

Revised pay offer accepted

The joint unions received a revised offer of 1%, up from 0%, for the academic year 14/15 from ColegauCymru in January 2015. After consulting their respective constituencies the joint trade unions will be accepting the 1% pay offer. You can  (.pdf) file type icon view the full ballot results here (.pdf) [138kb].

Find full details on the FE Wales pay page.

For further information please contact Karen Williams, Wales Administrator, kwilliams@ucu.org.uk

National pay scales in Wales

All lecturing staff should be paid on the rates laid out in the following pay scales:

  • part time hourly pay rates
  • lecturer grades
  • management spine

available from the Wales FE salary scales page.

Key information:

Wales regional office contact information

If you do have any queries please email Karen Williams.

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