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The Friday email: 15 December 2017

Fight to save USS: vote YES for action

The fight to save USS pensions continues in the face of intransigence from the employers who have refused to withdraw their threat to pull out of talks after their 'deadline' of 18 December. Please vote now if you have yet to do so or request a replacement ballot if you've lost it. We have produced an FAQ on the dispute here. Read Sally Hunt's latest article on why slashing staff pensions while vice-chancellors' pay is sky high, leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. 

Please also email your MP to highlight the USS pension dispute. You can contact them via the UCU website. Please encourage your MP to sign a parliamentary motion on USS, write to universities minister Jo Johnson on your behalf and to contact their local vice-chancellor.

Further education: principals' pay under scrutiny 

UCU has called for greater transparency on senior management pay following news that 71 college leaders earn over £150,000 a year. Commenting on FE Week's analysis of DfE accounts, Sally Hunt said 'While staff pay is being eroded and colleges are struggling to recruit because of low pay, these pay awards show it's one rule for staff and another for those at the top.' UCU is campaigning for better pay and better jobs in FE and you can read more and watch our video here. 

In the news...

  • Pension attacks, vice-chancellors' pay and the damage for the sector
  • How Coventry University enjoys profits but denies rights
  • £120m national colleges beset by low recruitment and delays

Read all about it

Bradford College UCU branch calls for radical overhaul of governance 

Following news that Bradford College is in financial difficulty and will be scrutinised by the FE Commissioner, UCU are campaigning for a more democratic management structure with union and student involvement in strategic decision making. The union has also resolved to ballot for industrial action should the college attempt to save money by cutting staffing costs. Please send messages of support and get in touch if you have experience of developing worker co-ops.

Overworked and under paid: further education in Wales

This issue of our newsletter looks at workload and the initiatives taken by government to address the issue of workload in schools and further education. 

Calling academic-related professional staff

UCU is the voice for academic-related professional staff including information services, computing, support and administration and if you would like to get involved in your union the annual meeting is on 1 March 2018 and you can see here for more details.

Supporting academics at risk

Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) has a launched a new fundraising appeal aimed at UK university staff. See also this video message from Jon Snow. 

Regulatory framework in higher education

The Department for Education are currently consulting on a new regulatory framework for higher education (HE) in England. UCU's response highlights the dangers of a market-led approach to regulation and quality. Deadline for responding is Friday 22 December and so there is still time to submit individual responses.     

Last updated: 15 December 2017