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Covid-19 info for members in Wales

UCU Wales Covid-19 protocols for HE, review, May 21 [149kb]
UCU Wales: carrying out workplace inspections [313kb]
UCU Wales responds to the Welsh Assembly post-Covid recovery consultation [201kb]
UCU Wales - Covid-19 and annual leave [386kb]
Covid-19: Wales FE early returner guidance [252kb]
Agreed FE Wales workplace return protocols [876kb] - these protocols for FE have been agreed in the national negotiating Forum (WNCFE) in Wales by the employer representatives and the joint trade unions (JTU). It is the view of the WNCFE that employer and staff should abide by these protocols to help look after the safety and well-being of all. It is the view of the JTUs that these agreed protocols take precedence over the government guidance.
Covid-19 impact on HE in Wales, LE, May 20 [1mb]
Covid-19: H&S in Wales [259kb]

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UCU Wales

17 November 2006

UCU Cymru represents members in both higher and further education in Wales

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Post-16 education and UCU in Wales

The Welsh government and its executive determine how much funding colleges receive each year. Because of changes to the HE funding mechanism the funding follows the student and therefore universities are very dependent on the student numbers allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council in their fee planning policy. Both funding mechanisms have to be funded by the budget available to the Welsh government.

Education policy is a devolved matter and UCU Cymru spends a significant amount of time and energy ensuring that all politicians are aware of the issues which affect UCU members in both sectors in Wales.

Every college of further education and every university has a branch of UCU with branch officers who are trained to provide advice on the policies and procedures operated by your employer.

Further education in Wales


See our FE Wales pay page for the latest pay news.

Wales national contract

All colleges should have implemented the national contract by 1 September 2016. The implementation agreement [86kb] sets out the requirements in relation to staff working in colleges. See the FE agreements in Wales page for further information.

See also: Campaign to improve the national workload agreement

Manifesto priority for adult (community) learning

UCU Wales position paper on adult community learning (ACL) and the 2021 Welsh assembly election: Adult (community) learning: a manifesto priority

Acceptable student behaviour

Joint report on student behaviour in FE from trade unions in Wales: Acceptable student behaviour

Wales FE student behaviour policy, Mar 21 [325kb]

Education Workforce Council

The professional body for the education workforce, including FE lecturers, came into force on 1 April 2015. Information on the aims and purposes of the EWC can be found here: UCU Wales branch officer briefing on the Education Workforce Council Wales, Jan 19 [116kb]

National pay scales in Wales

All lecturing staff should be paid on the rates laid out in the following pay scales:

  • part time hourly pay rates
  • lecturer grades
  • management spine

available from the Wales FE pay scales page.

Junior apprenticeships

Key findings of a Wales joint trade union survey relating to junior apprenticeships, including UCU's policy position: Junior apprenticeships in Welsh further education

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Higher education in Wales

The main policy focus of UCU Cymru is to ensure that higher education is high on the agenda of the Welsh government and that strategic developments are beneficial to staff and the universities.
The minister for education and skills announced in November 2013 that he had asked Professor Ian Diamond, vice chancellor of Aberdeen University to chair a review of higher education funding and student finance arrangements in Wales. The final report was published in September 2016.
The Welsh Government issued a consultation on their proposals in response the final report in November 2016.  You can read the  UCU Wales submission to the consultation here [194kb].
Further details can be found on the Welsh government website or contact Wales press office.

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London Economics analysis of the scale of the likely impact of the Covid-19 crisis on higher education in Wales:  Covid-19 impact on HE in Wales, LE, May 20 [1mb]

HE governance

The 2019 Gillian Camm Review into HE governance is best understood as the sector's final attempt to stave off independent regulation. Accepting the need to address historical failures, Camms' remit was; 'to enable governors to operate at the leading edge of good corporate governance both in terms of compliance and crucially boardroom culture': read more on the review, its recommendations, and UCU Wales' response here

Initial teacher training

Following publication of the Furlong report into initial teacher training and education (ITT) in Wales, UCU Wales were concerned that the reforms to ITT moved rapidly ahead and, from our point of view, with very little expert practitioner input. We put together a pack of the initial information:

Review of ITT in Wales: UCU Cymru consultation response, Mar 13 [277kb]

The minister subsequently agreed to invite all 12 of the education trade unions to participate in the strategic stakeholder group formed to develop the 'approach to implementing the recommendations of Successful Futures and Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers': Wales ITT stakeholder group: minister agrees union invite, 25 Nov 15 [268kb]
The bidding process for ITT provision began in September 2016 with the programme rolled out during late 2018.

UCU Cymru documents

UCU Wales election manifesto 2021

Guidance for branches in Wales:

Some wise words from UCU Wales branch reps

Recent consultation responses include:

Click here to see all UCU Wales documents.

Last updated: 18 November 2021