Love Our ARPS? Academic Related and Professional Staff in UCU

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

Holding Labour to their promises on secure work!

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!

About me

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