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Taking action in higher education

Campaign update: 20 May 2016


Higher education (HE): strike is ON as yesterday's negotiations offer no improvement

UCU negotiators met with the University and College Employer Association (UCEA) this week in the hope of finding a solution to the current dispute amidst growing anger over news that vice-chancellor pay rose by 6.1% last year. Regrettably UCEA made no improvement on the 1.1% pay offer to staff or on measures to address gender inequality and insecure contracts and the .

Please join picket lines and support the strike action:

‚ÄčA new approach to collective bargaining in the further education (FE) sector

UCU has begun to approach collective bargaining in FE in a new way and branches have been asked to read, circulate and discuss a new briefing document  that explains why the new approach is necessary, what it offers and how branches can engage. 

Other news

In the news

  • HE plans set out in white paper and bill
  • More investment required for meaningful prison education reform
  • 'Blatant double standards' in HE pay criticised as members prepare for strike
  • Call for halt to job cuts at City of Bristol College 
  • Nescot principal under fire for undeclared payments
  • London Met accused of trade union victimisation

Read all about it here

UCU national recruitment week

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in our nationwide drive to encourage more staff to join UCU this week. Members have been holding events and promotional activities to increase UCU membership in post-school education workplaces across the UK. There's never been a more important time to build the union and help stand up for education.

Stand up for union reps at London Metropolitan University

Over 2000 people have now signed the petition against redundancies and trade union victimisation at London Met. Please help the campaign against job cuts and join with us to stand up for UCU reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

Prison education review 

Prison education reforms were set out in the Queen's Speech this week, with plans which will give prison governors greater control over prison education services.  The plans appear to be influenced by the results of a government commissioned review of prison education which was also published this week. 'Unlocking potential: a review of prison education' advocates a prison-wide vision for educationUCU warned that more investment is required to achieve meaningful reform.  We also published a briefing on the review's recommendations

Education and Training Foundation (ETF) functional skills survey

ETF have launched a survey for providers and practitioners involved with the delivery of functional skills qualifications regarding their uses, current content and future action as part of the functional skills reform programme. Please respond to the survey by 24 June. 

Pensions news

UCU is seeking to appoint a USS director. Read the latest in the latest pensions newsletter, as well as more on the USS scheme changes, Teachers' Pensions and the state pension.

Health and safety news

The monthly UCU health and safety newsletter includes updates on working hours and safe eating places.

Last updated: 9 May 2019