Taking action in higher education


Campaign update: 17 February 2017


Celebrate migrants this Monday: One Day Without Us, 20 February

This Monday 20 February UCU is supporting the One Day Without Us celebration of the contribution migrants make. Please link arms, hold up posters and post selfies with hashtags #ucu and #1DayWithoutUs. More information, events and downloads here. 

Monday is also the day MPs will debate whether to allow Donald Trump a state visit and activists will march on Parliament to say no to the racism and division of Trump and the populist Right. See here for other 'Stop Trump' events taking place across the UK

'Cradle to Grave' event calls on progressives to take control 

Please watch and share this short film of last weekend's 'Cradle to Grave' conference which brought together voices from across education and progressive politics to discuss the future for education in a post-Brexit world. 

This year's event to defend public education saw an excellent range of speakers and covered topics including the transformative power of further education, widening access to universities, and how education can counter racist myths and help create a fair and just society.

Other news this week

1. In the news

  • Education community needs to "take back control"
  • Academics like teaching
  • Where you live likely to determine educational opportunity

Read all about it here.

2. Defend jobs at Manchester Metropolitan University

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.

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

Please remember to use your vote in the UCU's national elections currently taking place 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.  

4. 'It's our NHS' march against cuts, closures and privatisation

A coalition of health campaigners and the People's Assembly Against Austerity have called a march in defence of the National Health Service on Saturday 4 March.

5. 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

6. Professional development courses

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

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'.
Manchester, 28 February
Warwick, 7 March 
Leeds, 22 March 

9. Reinstate Dawn Holdman campaign

Dawn Holdman, a longstanding union equality rep, has been dismissed from University of Liverpool, we believe, because of her trade union activism. Please sign our petition calling for her reinstatement.

10. Use of personal information under the Data Protection Act

The purposes for which the union uses personal information supplied by members when they join is set out on the UCU website. We update the statement from time to time.  It has recently been updated to include a small addition to the 'Use of Personal Information' section, which now includes reference to the resolution of disputes involving members. You can read the revised statement here.

11. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI)

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

12. March against Racism, 18 March 

To mark the UN anti-racism day campaigners including the TUC are holding demonstrations in Glasgow, Cardiff and London.

Last updated: 23 October 2017