Many senior "leaders" of UK universities continue to insist on returning to face to face teaching and upon peddling the myth of a "covid safe" campus when the science tells us there is no such thing. A particularly horrific consequence of this absence of real leadership in their institutions is that some members have felt … Continue reading Grim Campus: Failing “leadership” and Covid Calculus
I joined the Independent Sage panel on behalf of UCU this afternoon, to discuss the (many) issues around the return to campus and plans for face to face teaching. You can watch the whole thing - also including important and incisive input from fellow UCU member Felicity Callard - here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t4MjpN2d_U The Indy SAGE report … Continue reading Independent SAGE panel 21 August 2020
Following the announcement of the UCU Levy, I wrote [this statement] noting my view as President that a special meeting of the NEC was needed to re-examine the levy and to identify steps to mitigate it and pursue all avenues to at least approximate a greater degree of progressiveness than was believed possible in February. … Continue reading UCU Levy and NEC – update 16/7/20
On Friday, the General Secretary sent notice to all UCU members of a flat rate levy which will be applied in order to support the union’s fighting fund.1 The prospect of a flat levy has caused huge upset, with pain most keenly felt by casualised members and those on lower salaries. Many of the NEC … Continue reading UCU Levy – statement 28/6/20
Tomorrow (26 May) UCU branch delegates from Higher Education will come together online at two advisory Branch Delegates Meetings (BDMs) to discuss, debate, and decide advisory positions to put to the HEC with regards to the Four Fights dispute, and that over USS. These advisory positions will be put to the Higher Education Committee which … Continue reading UCU disputes: who decides?
A [single pay spine] covers most of the UK Higher Education sector. Annual bargaining rounds have been formalised where, under the banner of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES) five trade unions representing HE staff negotiate over pay and pay related conditions with the employers’ representative body, the Universities and Colleges Employers … Continue reading #FourFights… Collective bargaining in HE: How it works
Understanding JNCHES (pronounced ‘jinches’) is necessary to understanding how the current Four Fights Dispute fits into yearly bargaining 'rounds' alongside the four other unions which represent staff in higher education. UCU is one of five unions covered by the ‘New JNCHES’ agreement with the employers’ representative body, UCEA (Universities and Colleges Employers Association). The agreement … Continue reading JNCHES…what is it? How does it relate to pay and conditions bargaining in HE?
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