Taking action in higher education

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Campaign update: 26 May 2017


General election 2017: what are parties promising on education?

As we approach the general election on 8 June, UCU has taken a look at how some of the main UK political party manifestos stack up against UCU's own priorities for the next government. Visit UCU's policy comparison page to see how different parties fare on issues like education funding, adult learning, research and immigration.

Academic freedom: a neglected right in the UK

A new report shows nearly a quarter of academics say they have been bullied because of their views and that the UK has significantly lower levels of protection for academic freedom when compared to other EU countries. The wide ranging survey was commissioned by UCU as part of our campaign to define and protect academic freedom in post-school education

Other news this week

1. London Metropolitan University boycott: please support your colleagues

Please see our revised guidance here on how you can support UCU members in dispute over contracts and working conditions at London Met University. If you have taken one of the suggested actions in support of the boycott please let us know: campaigns@ucu.org.uk

2. Further education campaign winning for members 

UCU's 'National Plus' strategy has been paying off for more members, this time at Sandwell College and Sussex Coast College Hastings. You can read more about their progress on pay, the gender gap and casualisation here

3. Gender pay gap in higher education 

UCU's higher education gender pay gap data report published today, shows that the gap remains at 12% for all academics and that this is driven by a continuing gender imbalance among senior academics, with women making up more than half of early career academics but only 23% of professors at universities UK wide. 

4. Hope Not Hate: we stand with Manchester

In the aftermath of the tragic and horrific incident in Manchester this week, Hope Not Hate invites you to add your name to a statement of unity and hope here.   

5. Save Our Schools: protest in Brighton today 

Campaigners including parents, children and teachers will be protesting in Brighton this afternoon with a 'School Assembly' mass gathering with music, entertainment and speeches to highlight the funding crisis in education and cuts to schools under the Tory government. Supporters and UCU members in Brighton for UCU Congress are invited to attend 3:30pm, Friday 26 May, The Level Park, Brighton, BN2 9SY.  

6. Defend jobs and education at Plymouth Marjon University

Please send messages of support to UCU members at Plymouth Marjon University campaigning against redundancies: mhall@marjon.ac.uk

7. Stamp out casual contracts: get involved and make a difference

Are you on an insecure contract and interested in getting involved in the union's campaign for more secure employment in education? Come along to our activist event on 24 June at UCU headquarters

8. Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival - 14-16 July 2017

The annual trade union music festival takes place on 14-16 July in the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset. UCU is supporting the event and is one of the 'magnificent seven' unions sponsoring the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2017


Last updated: 23 October 2017