The Guardian leads on insecure academic contracts

16 November 2016 | last updated: 17 November 2016

Guardian front page with university 'Sports Direct' story, 17 Nov 16 The Guardian newspaper led its front page with the UCU report that 'one of the most highly skilled and prestigious professions in Britain, university teaching, is now dominated by zero-hours contracts, temp agencies and other forms of precarious work'.

The Guardian was looking at UCU analysis that it is the richest Russell Group institutions that rely most heavily on insecure academic workers.

UCU generalk secreaty Sally Hunt said 'Many universities are hacking up teaching jobs into ever smaller bits and shoving people on to the worst contract they can get away with. This is the Sports Direct model imported into our universities.'

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