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Taking action in higher education

Campaign update: 11 November 2016


United for Education: demonstrate Saturday 19 November

Please join us a week tomorrow to march alongside our students in defence of post-school education assembling at Park Lane, London at 12 noon. See here for full details and speakers line-up and share the Facebook event here. Education is under attack like never before  - please join UCU and NUS and make your voice heard. 

Further education changes lives: UCU calls for 15,000 new teachers

Please ask your member of parliament to support our campaign for 15,000 more college teachers by clicking here. You can read and share more inspiring stories about how further education (FE) changes lives on our Transforming Lives website here

Other news this week

1. In the news

  • Dump pointless teaching metrics and look at casualisation, says UCU
  • Further education sector needs to unite in call for investment
  • The shock, impact and poor polling of Trump's victory
  • Glass ceilings in America and closer to home
  • Why the student loan system is now illegal

Read more here.

2. Further education update

You can find a full round up of UCU's further education campaigns including the results of the consultative ballot on FE England pay here

3. Speaking out on insecure contracts

Following US research that shows putting staff on casual contracts affects the success of students, an article by UCU general secretary Sally Hunt in this week's Guardian condemns the insecure working practices that permeate the education sectors. The union's 'stamp out casual contracts' day of action takes place on Thursday 24 November with workplace activities aimed at highlighting the issue and inviting precariously employed staff to join UCU. 

4. UCU/Amnesty campaign: Truth for Giulio Regeni

UCU and Amnesty UK have launched a new campaign briefing called Truth for Giulio Regeni. Giulio was a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, who was tortured and murdered while doing fieldwork in Egypt. As part of this staff-student campaign, UCU members are encouraged to sign a new petition organised by Amnesty Italy

5. Senior management survey - help audit university management  

Please complete the online 'senior management survey' (SMS) which aims to show to what extent higher education institutions are supporting academic staff to do their jobs effectively and mirrors the national student survey (NSS).

6. Develop your career with UCU's CPD programme

UCU runs an excellent programme of continuing professional development (CPD) courses free to members and you are invited to apply for the following: 
Leadership in education- 25 November, Aberdeen 
Change management- 29 November, London
Time management- 29 November, London
Speaking up: voice care for educators - 2 December, Plymouth 
Assertiveness skills- 6 December, Belfast
Mentoring- 6 December, Belfast 

7. University of Aberdeen: union says 'no to job cuts'

​Members at University of Aberdeen are being balloted for strike action over threatened redundancies in the school of medicine, medical science and nutrition. You can support colleagues at the university by signing the petition here. 

8. Re-thinking the tertiary system: the future of learning and work

A Social Partnerships Network and Action on Access joint one-day event that aims to re-think and to explore the tertiary system.  The event will explore how the future of learning and work could be articulated through a developed lifelong learning approach. 

9. UCU NEC casual vacancy: nominations now open

Notice is given of a casual vacancy on the national executive committee (NEC) with effect from 24 April 2017 for a geographically-elected member, North East, from the further education sector.  The deadline for completed nominations and election addresses is 5:00pm on Wednesday 7 December 2016. Further information can be found here or requested from Kay Metcalfe at UCU's head office.

10. UCU LGBT+ research conference

A one-day conference, Equality Today? takes place in Manchester on Friday 9 June for academics, researchers and activists on sexual orientation and gender identity issues and LGBT+ lives.

Last updated: 8 July 2019