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Taking action in higher education

Campaign update: 24 June 2016


Higher education: strikes across UK universities as escalated action begins

Universities across the UK were hit with strike action this week as UCU's escalated industrial action in a row with universities over pay continued. There were alternative open days in Sheffield, Liverpool and Coventry and members at Reading boycotted the university's 90th birthday shindig.

Leeds UCU made a few alterations to the signage around campus ahead of their open day and members walked out at institutions from the west of Scotland to the south east of England. There are more strikes next week with 36 branches due to walk out on Thursday alone. Follow Twitter for live updates. Please help keep the pressure on institutions and send your solidarity to colleagues taking action by using the #fairpayinHE hashtag and see our marvellous .

Government figures reveal an 11% drop in adults studying further education

The number of people aged 19 and above studying in further education fell by 11% between 2013/14 and 2014/15, according to government statistics released yesterday. UCU said the sharp fall in the number of adults participating in further education was a result of successive cuts to funding and highlighted a clear need for greater investment. See 'In the news' below.

Other news this week

1.In the news

  • Britain votes to leave the European Union
  • More strikes across the UK as UCU ramps up the higher education dispute
  • Government figures reveal 11% drop in adults studying further education
  • Progress on redundancy proposals at Cleveland College of Art and Design
  • University of Northumbria postpones controversial PhD teaching plans
  • UCU calls for halt to loss of 150 jobs at University of Leicester

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2. NEW prison educators - a UCU video

A new video showcasing the work that prison educators do can now be viewed on the UCU YouTube account. Despite the many challenges and often poor working conditions, the short film shows how UCU members can transform lives. Please do circulate this short film among your colleagues.

3. Calling women engineers

Jeremy Corbyn MP and Chi Onwurah MP, would like to welcome women engineers to a reception on 13 July 2016 from 6pm to 8pm in parliament to celebrate the contribution that women make to engineering. Other MPs will be present to informally meet guests, hear their stories, and learn about how we can encourage more women into the profession. Chi Onwurah is a Chartered Electrical Engineer herself and she is therefore well aware of just how important it is that the realm of engineering better reflects our society. UCU has 10 spaces, if you would like to attend please email Justine:

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.

All the best

Justine Stephens
UCU head of campaigns

Last updated: 23 October 2017