UCU has stepped up its fight against redundancies at Keele University. The local Keele UCU branch last night (Monday) voted to support strike action if the university presses ahead with plans to sack staff.
Keele University's council has approved a plan to close most of the School of Economic and Management Studies' current programmes in management, economics and industrial relations and human resource management.
UCU today called for joined-up government thinking on the issue of translation services. As communities secretary, Hazel Blears, published new guidance on translation for local councils 'placing greater emphasis on learning English', the union warned that government restrictions on English classes were the reason many people are still reliant on translation services.
UCU today welcomed the announcement by the Innovation, Universities and Skills select committee that it is to conduct an inquiry into the government's decision to phase out support for students taking second qualifications of an equivalent or lower level (ELQs) to their first qualifications.
UCU today welcomed the release of Bradford University student Khaled al-Mudallal from Gaza. The Palestinian Business and Management student had been detained since July and unable to resume his degree, despite having a British residence permit valid until November 2010.