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Taking action in higher education

Campaign update: 27 May 2016


Higher education (HE): solid strike action and mass external examiner resignations

Thanks to every one of you who joined the strike action this week in support of a fair deal for HE. The huge number of reports and photos that were sent in from picketlines and rallies from across the UK show two incredibly strong strike days with excellent support from students too. Please take a look at displaying all your photos, comments and messages. 

Additionally over a thousand members have now resigned from external examiner posts in support of the union's campaign and there is a fantastic letter in today's Guardian from a group of senior academics explaining why they are resigning from and not taking up new external examiner posts. If you feel able to join them, please on how to resign from your external examiner post and support fair pay, equality and proper contracts in HE.

Further education (FE): EU referendum teaching materials

Hope not Hate has produced a neutral teaching pack for use in further education (FE) colleges to support their drive to register voters ahead of the EU referendum. Download the teaching materials here. 

Other news

In the news

  • External examiners resign en masse as fight for fair pay steps up
  • University strikes across the UK
  • College principal urged to take pay cut with staff jobs on the line

‚ÄčRead all about it here

2. New publication: 'UCU@work'

We've just produced a new magazine style report called 'UCU@work' which includes articles on all areas of the union's work over year including campaigns, representing members, equality work, and bargaining with the employers. 'UCU@work' is available to download here. [9mb]

3. 'Why FE matters: the case for lifelong learning' short film

You can watch a film covering highlights of our recent event to promote further education in parliament here:

4. UCU Wales welcomes new cabinet post

UCU Wales warmly welcomes the creation of the post of minister for lifelong learning and Welsh language.  This is a positive step forward and shows commitment by the new Welsh government to ensure that access to education and training is available to all people in Wales, throughout their lives.

5. Performance related pay survey - last chance to take part

Please take a few minutes to participate in our survey collecting members' views on performance related pay practices in education which closes at the end of today. 

6. Research grant writing: free professional development event

You are invited to apply for this popular course delivered by Professor Andrew Derrington, author of The Research Funding Toolkit taking place in Exeter on 9 June.  Places are free to members but register now to avoid disappointment.

7. Say no to trade union victimisation at London Metropolitan University

Over 2100 people have now signed the petition against job cuts at London Met and the sacking of UCU reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

8. Support the Royal College of Midwives

Please sign the petition in support of the Royal College of Midwives campaign to decriminalise abortion.

Last updated: 23 October 2017