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Taking action in higher education

Campaign update: 17 June 2016


Jo Cox MP

Members will be shocked at the murder of Jo Cox MP. The full sympathy and solidarity of the union goes to Jo's family, friends and constituents in this time. Jo had a record of supporting the most vulnerable in our society and across the globe in Sierra Leone and Syria. She was killed while doing her job and we share in the outrage of this violent crime.

Taking action for #fairpayinHE

Members at Bath and Bristol universities are taking strike action for #fairpayinHE today - targeting an open day and an open day plus exam boards respectively as part of UCU's nationally co-ordinated wave of local strike action. Members at Essex and Coventry follow tomorrow, while University of Stirling UCU will on Monday be the first of 24 branches taking action over the course next week. Please help keep the pressure on institutions and send your solidarity to colleagues taking action by using the #fairpayinHE hashtag and see our marvellous wall of support here.

Victory for UCU members at Hull College

UCU members at Hull College have secured both a pay rise and an end to 'no-notice' lesson observations, bringing to an end a dispute which saw members taking strike action over the college's lesson observation methods last month. The college has also finally agreed to implement a pay rise which was originally promised in September 2015, with payments backdated to last August. Congratulations to all at Hull College UCU on their victory.

Other news:

1. In the news

  • Strikes from Scotland to the south coast as UCU ramps up the HE dispute
  • Hull College staff secure pay rise and improvements to lesson observations
  • Leading American academic pulls out of speaking tour in support of UCU strike
  • UCU report reveals long hours and rising workloads in FE
  • New figures reveal paucity of data on private providers
  • Further embarrassment for fat cat vice-chancellors
  • Campaigners launch alternative white paper

Read all about it here.

2. Newcastle University UCU: a fantastic victory

Warm congratulations to members at Newcastle University who have successfully fought off the threat of coercive performance management of research activities. The petition against the proposals and text of the agreement between UCU and the university can be found here.

3. Stand with Orlando - we need to come together

UCU sends sincere sympathies to the families and friends of those who died at the weekend in Orlando. We stand proudly with our members against hate crime and discrimination of LGBT+ people at work and in wider society. You can add your name to HOPE not Hate's book of condolence here.

4. Release Professor Homa Hoodfar

Please sign the petition calling for the Iranian authorities to release Professor Homa Hoodfar.

5. Free professional development opportunities in Leeds and Hull

Don't miss out on these fantastic professional development opportunities taking place in Leeds and Hull next month - click on the links for more information and to book your place.

Classroom Management - Hull, 5 July

Leadership in Education - Leeds, 6 July

Assertiveness Skills - Leeds, 6 July

As ever, our professional development courses are free to all UCU members.

6. Equality chartermarks survey

Members are asked for feedback about their experiences of the use of equality chartermarks in their institution. Deadline for responses is 30 June.

Last updated: 23 October 2017