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Special HE sector conference

Higher education special sector conference: to debate and direct the union's response to the attack on jobs, pay and conditions resulting from the response of employers to the Covid-19 pandemic, including a draft sector-wide claim.

The convening notice for the conference has been issued in branch circular UCU1029 [168kb]

Venue & times

HESC will be held on-line on Wednesday 30 September.  

This will be the first online formal conference held by UCU under our normal standing orders and business arrangements. It presents a range of technical challenges and access issues that call for careful preparation. All delegates will be expected to make themselves available to attend a preparatory technical session in advance of the conference itself. The session will explain to delegates how the conference will be conducted and will provide an opportunity for them to test their connections. This technical session is likely to take place on 29 September, but further details will follow.

Business will start from 11:00-13:00 and 13:45-15:45, with additional short breaks within these sessions; these timings are subject to final confirmation.

Motions and amendments

The timetable for motions and amendments:

  • Deadline for submission of motions - 17:00, Friday 18 September
  • HE Congress Business Committee meets Tuesday 22 September
  • Report of the Congress Business Committee issued Wednesday 23 September
  • Deadline for submission of amendments to motions - 12:00, Tuesday 29 September
  • HE Congress Business Committee meets to consider amendments - Wednesday 30 September
  • Amendments made available to delegates on arrival at conference - Wednesday 30 September


Branches are entitled to one delegate per 400 members or part thereof.

HE Sector delegate entitlements

Delegates properly appointed by branches can register online here.

Submission of motions

Motions can be submitted by local officers using the online form (further information about submission of motions can be found in the convening notice).

Last updated: 27 July 2020