I am delighted to have been elected as the next vice president (later president) of UCU. Thank you to everyone who voted in the elections, and to everyone who participated in any way to promote democracy during the election, whether by asking questions in person or online, organising a husting, or encouraging fellow members to … Continue reading Thank you!
Please vote: today (Tuesday 26 February) is the last “safe” day for pre-paid postage (unless you want to add a bonus stamp!) Everyone who remembers to vote in the UCU Officer and NEC elections becomes part of a better, more participative democracy! UCU has seen a paradigm shift alongside an explosion in membership numbers over … Continue reading For an inclusive and accountable UCU: vote #Vicky4VP – today!
At a husting hosted by Ulster UCU today, we got talking about workload, and how we can tackle issues of workload for academic and academic related / professional staff (“ARPS”). Part of my answer led me onto the issues faced by ARPS in terms of grade drift, progression, and respect (or not) as part of … Continue reading Love Our ARPS? Academic Related and Professional Staff in UCU
At the UCU Cradle to Grave conference on Saturday 16 February, Angela Rayner reinforced Labour's commitment to ending zero hours contracts. I asked her what Labour's plans would be for ending other forms of casualisation beyond zero hours (which they intend to do in every sector) and cited the extensive misuse of fixed term contracts … Continue reading Holding Labour to their promises on secure work!
Attending hustings around the UK that branches have generously organised has been brilliant, even when the train wi-fi hasn't been! I am attending every single husting event for which I have received an invitation! Where at all possible I am travelling in person but am arranging to use Skype for the couple of occasions where … Continue reading UCU VP Hustings!
I’m a widening participation officer at the University of Leeds, and was finally made permanent a couple of years ago after almost a decade of casualised contracts. I joined UCU as a Durham University postgraduate in 2009, while firmly skewered on the sharp end of precarious work. I juggled multiple zero-hours teaching and admin roles, … Continue reading About me