Taking action in higher education

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Campaign update: 25 November 2016


Scrap the HE Bill

UCU is calling for the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016 to be scrapped and has argued against proposals to encourage more private for-profit providers and raise tuition fees. Please support our campaign to protect quality and keep profit out of higher education and email your MP about the HE Bill using our online tool. 

Further education: fund our future

UCU has joined voices from across the further education (FE) sector to call on the government to make strategic investment in rebuilding the capacity of colleges, funding extra teaching and support staff so that more learners can reach their potential. You can add your voice to the campaign for an additional 15,000 college staff by clicking here

Other news this week

1. In the news

  • Thousands marching for education
  • Further evidence of the problem of casualisation
  • MPs rubber stamp controversial higher education bill
  • Wales student finance shake up
  • Calls to remove barriers for international students
  • Autumn statement confirms £2bn boost to technology research
  • Universities' green rankings published
  • The crazy, radical (and possibly fictitious) professors

Read all about it here.

2. UCU day of action calls time on precarious employment

Yesterday's day of action against casual contracts saw a fantastic range of activities in workplaces and on social media. Thanks very much to everyone who contributed, attended events or just sent in a selfie with our poster - you can catch up on all the action on our supporter wall here

3. It's your UCU - getting active in the union, 14 December, London

If you would like to do your bit to help the union or would like to get more involved but don't have a lot of time then we would like to warmly welcome you to an event at our London HQ on 14 December 2016. Many of you have already volunteered to act as a local contact for your workplace by clicking here. This event is an opportunity to find out more about the union, meet like-minded colleagues and learn about your rights at work and you can find out more and register here.

5. Continuing professional development (CPD) courses: free to UCU members

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 

6. Thousands of us marched for education - thank you

Thousands of staff and students joined the largest education protest in years last week - thanks to all of you that supported the UCU/NUS United for Education demonstration on Saturday. You can read Sally Hunt's speech in full here and see photos of the event here

7. Action against violence against women

Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women and UCU has just launched new guidance on violence against women and on dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace here. Members can depend on the union for support, advice, and assistance, especially if facing difficulties at work because of home circumstances. 

Last updated: 23 October 2017