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The activist experience
Looking at how UCU branches and local associations are successfully organising to improve their local union.
Salford survey success
Salford UCU has had a great response to their survey on bullying and workload. About 350 staff replied to the questionnaire. This is approximately 25% of all academic and academic-related staff.
Growth of department reps at Sussex
The UCU executive committee at Sussex took a decision in 2007 to make a concerted effort to increase the amount of department reps which will lead to improved communications with members and potential members.
Campaigning over pay at Craven College
When told that their college wouldn't be fulfilling a national pay agreement, members at Craven College were forced into action. Here's how they got a result.
Personal approaches at Oxford
Oxford UCU has been very successful in finding more committee members and members willing to help with individual problems.
Rebuilding the committee at Essex
At Essex UCU we have struggled to get a good turnout at meetings and to attract new committee members, the few committee members we do have are very busy both with their day jobs and UCU work.
Rebuilding a branch/LA
Southampton is a case study in how the new conditions in higher education can revitalise a struggling branch or local association (LA). It is also a case study in how even a small group of activists can be vital to this process.
Coping with meetings
Only a very few of us actually enjoy meetings - for the rest, it is something like torture to sit through the long, repetitive, self-important ramblings of committee members who turn up for meetings and do little else.
Getting organised at Newcastle
As branches and local associations are getting more organised, I'd like to take a look at Newcastle UCU and how it has been tackling the challenges of implementing the pay framework agreement by taking the opportunity to reinvigorate its own structures.