UCU Scotland welcomed the indicative funding allocations for universities for the next academic year 2012-13 as announced by the Scottish Funding Council (Wednesday 21 December). However, the union expressed concern at the move to concentrating research funding in certain institutions, and warned against being overly prescriptive on university outcomes.
Commenting on the latest round of Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) talks, UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Following extensive talks with government officials UCU, together with the NUT, UCAC, and NASUWT, has decided to reserve its position on the proposed agreement.'
UCU said today that a ninth successive monthly increase in youth unemployment figures had to prompt the government to deliver policies that would help the more than one million young people without work.
UCU Wales today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that there will be an opposition day debate on public sector pensions on Thursday (8 December). The debate has been secured by Plaid Cymru and the SNP (Scottish National Party).
UCU today criticised government plans to hike up the price of adult learning courses. Reforms announced today will see students over the age of 24 forced to take out loans to cover the cost of their studies.