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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.
Connect with UCU Wales
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
The University of South Wales Newport branch ballot for industrial action closed at midday on 22 May. Members were asked to consider strike action and action short of strike. For more information please see the USW Newport UCU newsletter (.pdf) [195kb].
Further education in Wales
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: UCU Wales branch officer briefing on the Education Workforce Council Wales, Apr 15 (.pdf) [101kb]
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.
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 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, 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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