Covid-19 HE

Information for HE members

Covid-19 crisis information and advice for member working in further education.

Key member news

UCU general secretary Jo Grady has updated members on the situation with regards to the ongoing USS and HE 'four fights' disputes in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

Research Excellence Framework postponement announced: UCU said the cancellation of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) is an opportunity to reform how research is reviewed and funding is allocated, and welcomed the news  saying it was the only sensible move in the circumstances.

UCU calls on UK Research and Innovation (on behalf of all the research councils) to be flexible regarding deadlines for funding bids but more importantly to get them to support the continuing employment of fixed-term contract researchers during the current period: UCU letter to UKRI: retention of fixed-term workers, 24 Mar 20 [202kb]

Reballots postponed due to Covid-19; pickets cancelled but action continues

HE-specific advice for members

Read the full UCU advice here