Taking action in higher education

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Campaign update: 23 September 2016


Stand with London Met UCU

The union's dispute at London Metropolitan University stepped up a gear this week with strike action announced for next Thursday 29 September. UCU is campaigning against drastic cuts and redundancies and also the sacking of long standing union reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

What you can do:

Stop the cuts at Hull College 

UCU members at Hull College are also being balloted for action against management plans to make over 140 staff redundant - many in essential areas such as library and IT services, college counselling, learning support, and nurseries. Please send messages of support to our local rep Dave Langcaster dlangcaster@gmail.com and also write to the chief executive Gary Warke to condemn this attack on hardworking and dedicated college staff: Gary.Warke@hull-college.ac.uk


Other news this week

1. In the news

  • Time for colleges and universities to come clean on insecure contracts

  • Calls to increase number of women in top jobs

  • Tyneside merger must not restrict student choice

  • Hull College strike ballot opens

  • Why adult education matters

    Read all about it here.

2. FE England pay: Association of Colleges (AoC) make a final offer

Branches are being asked to call meetings no later than 5 October so that members can discuss the final offer made by The Association of Colleges at a meeting of the national joint forum on Wednesday. Details of the AoC's offer can be found in the latest action note on the campaign please see here. Branches are also encouraged to respond to the consultation no later than 5 October 2016. 

3. United for Education: UCU and NUS demonstration, Saturday 19 November

Please join and share the Facebook event for our demonstration with the National Union of Students (NUS) to defend further and higher education and to demand an end to privatisation and cuts in universities and colleges. If you are able to assist us by volunteering as a marshal for the event, please email campaigns@ucu.org.uk

4. Your views wanted: House of Lords Brexit inquiry

UCU is currently preparing a response to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee on the subject of 'trade in non-financial services after Brexit'; we would welcome brief contributions from members by Friday 2 October to inform this - please email jsherrard@ucu.org.uk with your response or for more information.

5. Protest at the Tory conference in Birmingham, Sunday 2 October 

People's Assembly and Midlands TUC are holding a demonstration outside the Tory conference in Birmingham assembling 11:30am in Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BD. See more here and join the demonstration to tell the government austerity isn't working

6. Stand Up for Education conference, Manchester, 15 October 

The NUT teachers' union is holding a one day conference looking at how we can change the education system to provide children with the learning they need to fulfil their potential. Speakers include Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, and NUT general secretary, Kevin Courtney. Saturday 15 October, 10:30am-4:00pm, Manchester. 

7. UCU trustee, general secretary, national officer and NEC elections in 2017 - nominations now open

Nominations are now open for vacancies for trustees, general secretary, national officers of the union, and for more than 30 positions on UCU's national executive committee (NEC).   The terms of office for these positions will begin  from the close of UCU's Congress meeting on 29 May 2017, with the exception of the general secretary position which begins on 1 June 2017. The deadline for completed nominations is 5:00pm on Wednesday 16 November 2016.  Information, including the full calling notice and nomination forms, can be found here, or requested from Kay Metcalfe at UCU's head office, email kmetcalfe@ucu.org.uk.

8. Vacancy on the board of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

David Russell, chief executive of ETF would like to hear from a serving practitioner in FE and training to act as a trustee and play a leading role in chairing the SET management board. Prospective candidates can view the full details about the role, how to apply and the selection criteria on the ETF website

9. 'Teachers will not be silenced', World Teachers Day, Wednesday 5 October

UCU is supporting World Teachers Day and have joined up with our colleagues in the NUT teachers' union and Amnesty International to hold an event on academic and political freedom in Turkey. 6pm, Wednesday 5 October, NUT HQ, London

10. Challenging the HE Bill: Third Convention for Higher Education

As government plans to reduce regulation of universities and to introduce more privatisation of the higher education sector, activists will gather at University College London on 15 October to hear from speakers including Professor Alison Wolf, Professor Martin McQuillan and National Union of Students (NUS) president Malia Bouattia about how we can defeat the HE Bill. More details here

Last updated: 17 June 2019