Taking action in higher education


Campaign update: 10 February 2017


One Day Without Us, 20 February: UCU celebrates migrant contribution

20 February is United Nations World Day of Social Justice and UCU is supporting the One Day Without Us mobilisation which invites supporters to celebrate the contribution migrants make - link arms, hold up posters and post selfies with hashtags #ucu and #1DayWithoutUs. More information, programme of events and downloads here. Dr Michiel van Ingen from LSE says why education staff and students should support the day of action here.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt argues here that the education community can be a positive force to help shape society and be a vehicle for change following the Trump election and Brexit vote. UCU's major 'Cradle to Grave' conference on the defence of public education takes place this weekend on the theme of 'Education without borders' with speakers including shadow chancellor John McDonnell, political commentator Steve Richards and campaigner Melissa Benn. 

National bargaining in further education

As the Association of Colleges (AoC) considers abandoning national pay bargaining UCU has called for a commitment from colleges to abide by what is agreed nationally on pay. Speaking in the TES this week, UCU head of further education, Andrew Harden said 'UCU remains committed to national bargaining, but that commitment must be shared by colleges.' 

Other news this week

1. In the news

  • Sally Hunt urges education community to "take back control"
  • UCU tells politicians to back EU nationals' right to stay in UK
  • Government loan book sale plans trashed

Read all about it here.

2. Closure of Manchester Metropolitan University Crewe campus: no to redundancies

Please sign the petition calling on Manchester Metropolitan University to commit to no compulsory redundancies. Following the decision to close the campus at Crewe the union is campaigning to save staff jobs and members were joined at a lobby of governors today by general secretary Sally Hunt. 

3. Trade union victimisation at University of Liverpool: 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. Return to Orwell's 'Road To Wigan Pier': further and adult education cuts

As part of the Mirror's Road to Wigan Pier 2017 project, UCU's Rhiannon Lockley has spoken about the effects of further and adult education cuts on social mobility

5. Hourly paid lecturers win better contracts thanks to UCU

Under the umbrella of our national campaign, more UCU university branches have been winning better contracts for hourly paid lecturers. In the latest of our case studies we report on successes at Anglia Ruskin and Bournemouth Universities

6. Professional development courses

Upcoming CPD courses, free to UCU members:
Classroom management, Derry, 24 February
Change management, Brighton, 27 February 

7. UCU trustee, general secretary, officer and national executive committee elections 2017 - ballots open

UCU's national elections are now taking place and all members are encouraged to vote. Further information about the elections, including election addresses for all candidates, can be found here. 

8. 'Truth for Giulio' campaign for student murdered in Egypt

UCU, Amnesty and Egypt Solidarity are organising a series of events in support of the 'Truth for Giulio' campaign'.
London, 13 February
Manchester, 28 February
Warwick, 7 March 
Leeds, 22 March 

9. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI)

The group campaigning for justice for women affected by changes to the state pension law are holding lobby of parliament on 8 March at 1pm.

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: 23 October 2017