Taking action in higher education


Campaign update: 03 February 2017


Further education funding: Corbyn backs our campaign

Our campaign for urgent investment in further education and funding for 15,000 more teachers received support from the Labour leader this week. Jeremy Corbyn pledged his support for the union's Transforming Lives campaign in this excellent video message and added his name to our letter to the skills minister which you can sign here

We are international: let's keep it that way

As the uncertainty over Brexit continues we are campaigning to defend the rights of EU nationals working and studying in UK universities and you can find out more, download our pack and order posters and stickers here.

UCU also joined the expressions of concern this week over US President Donald Trump's executive order banning travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and general secretary Sally Hunt spoke out against the policy at a Downing Street rally on Monday night. If you think you may be directly affected by the new US policy please contact mwaddup@ucu.org.uk.

Other news this week

1. In the news

  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backs UCU FE campaign
  • UK's most secretive universities named and shamed
  • UCU leads protests against Donald Trump's travel ban
  • Drop in university applications from EU students and slump in nursing applicants
  • UCU members back strike action plans at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Campaign to reinstate sacked trade union activist at University of Liverpool
  • College employs finance director under police investigation for fraud
  • How prison education can make the difference 

Read all about it here.

2. Stamp out casual contracts, Friday 24 February 

If you work in education employed on a casual contract you are invited to get involved in our campaign for more secure employment and to attend our annual meeting on Friday 24 February at UCU London HQ. If you agree that job insecurity is bad for staff and bad for education you can find out more and register for the annual meeting here

3. Say no to trade union victimisation: reinstate Dawn Holdman

Dawn Holdman, a longstanding union equality rep, has been dismissed from University of Liverpool, we believe, because of her trade union activism. In a restructure involving significant numbers of staff, mother of four Dawn was the only one to be made compulsorily redundant. Please sign our petition calling for her reinstatement. 

4. 'This is what racism looks like': UCU day of action on workplace racism, 8 February

Next Wednesday 8 February is our annual day of action to challenge workplace racism when many UCU branches will be holding activities, events, meetings and film showings to highlight the issue in post-school education workplaces. Find out more and download materials

5. Your vote, your voice, your union: UCU election

UCU's national elections are now open and ballot papers to vote for the union's general secretary, NEC and other positions have now been posted to members. Please remember to use your vote and have your say in the future of the union. More information about the election including election addresses for all candidates can be found here.  

6. No to education cuts: save anthropology at UEL

Management at University of East London plan to close the UEL Anthropology Programme. Please support the branch and sign the petition.

7. UCU CPD Learning for Life: develop your career with our courses

Our excellent professional development programme for continues to offer free CPD courses to members:
Speaking up: voice care for educators, Glasgow, 9 March 
Change management, Brighton, 27 February
Classroom management, Derry, 24 February
Research grant application writing, Belfast, 8 March
Speaking up: voice care for educators, Newcastle, 10 March

8. Stand up for Sen - College of North West London dispute

UCU members at the College of North West London are standing up for their rep Indro Sen who we believe is facing dismissal because of his trade union activities. Members, who recently took strike action in defence of Sen, are calling for the employer to lift the suspension and drop all charges against him. Please send messages of support to Wapal.Worrell@cnwl.ac.uk.  

9. Prison education members annual meeting, 10 March

Our members in prison education play a crucial role working with offenders and often in extremely difficult situations. If you are a UCU member working in prison education you are invited to this conference at our London head office, to debate the challenges facing staff and find out more about improving conditions through the union. 

10. Academic-related, professional staff annual meeting, 1 March 

UCU is the union for academic-related, professional staff working in a wide range of roles including information services, computing, support and administration and you are invited to this meeting to network with others, take part in discussions and hear from keynote speakers. 

11. Membership portal and support site 'My UCU'

Our new membership portal and support site 'My UCU' is coming soon. Find out more information here. 

Last updated: 18 March 2019