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USS and HE autumn ballots 2019

Members in branches where UCU has registered a dispute over the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) will receive two ballot papers.

  • One for pay inequality, job insecurity, rising workload and pay deflation.
  • One for USS
  • A ballot insert for each dispute.
  • All ballot papers should be returned in the single prepaid envelope provided.

If you have not received your ballot papers, please request a replacement via: https://www.ucu.org.uk/ballotrequest

Branch Office Summer Opening Hours

HWUCU Branch Office opening hours during July and August:

July 3rd & 4th – closed
July 10th & 11th – open
July 17th & 18th – closed
July 24th & 25th – closed BUT open Friday 26th from 9am to 12 noon
July 31st & Aug 1st closed
Aug 7th & 8th closed
Aug 14th – normal Wednesday and Thursday opening hours resume

Branch BBQ 26th July

The Branch BBQ is on July 26th in the Chaplaincy from 1.30pm onwards – turn up any time throughout the day. There will be meat, vegetarian and vegan options.

There’s an indoor option too so in the unlikely event that it rains, don’t let that put you off coming!

Please RSVP to s.joss@hw.ac.uk so we get an idea of numbers – although you are still welcome to turn up on the day. Also please let Joss know if you have special dietary requirements.

Please do come along.

Save the date – Branch BBQ

This year’s Branch BBQ will be held on Wednesday 26th June, 1.30pm till late. Please save the date.


Save the Date – AGM 2019

The 2019 AGM will take place on Wednesday 15th May 2019 at 12.00 – 14.00 hrs in the Chaplaincy.

This will be followed by the Hustings for the post of General Secretary of UCU at 14.00 – 16.00 in Postgraduate Centre 2.02.

If you are interested in becoming a Branch Rep, or becoming involved in the Branch Committee, please contact the Branch Office to request a nomination form.  Completed forms should be returned to George Bruce.


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Branch President HWUCU

Getting the vote out at HWUCU

UCU has teamed up with James Richards, Vice President of HWUCU, to launch a new short video guide on how to get the ballot vote out across local branches (GVTO).

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/RNYlsIxiuhI

General Meeting – 28th November

Local Members’ Meeting on 28th November, 12.00 to 14.00
Post Graduate Centre 304

Murdo Matheson, Policy & Communications Officer for UCU Scotland, will speak on Trade Union representation and the new Governance statues.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this meeting. Please feel free to bring any colleague who may be interested.

HWUCU Branch Committee

UCU Scotland Health and Safety Reps 1 Training

Registration for Health and Safety Reps 1 – Induction course

The course will run 27-29 November in Aberdeen.  Further information and online registration is available at:  https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7813/HS-1-Induction-Health–safety-reps-role-and-functions-27-29-November-2018-Aberdeen

Local General Meeting on the Report of the Joint Expert Panel USS

The Branch Committee has arranged a General Meeting to discuss the recently published first report of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) on USS. The speakers will be:

Dr Catherine Donnelly, FIA – Associate Professor HWU and member of the JEP.

Dr Carlo Morelli – Senior Lecturer Dundee University, member of NEC and UCU rep on the USS JNC.

Date: Thursday 27th September 2018

Venue: Chaplaincy

Time: 10.00-12.00

It would help us immensely with space management if you could signify your intent to attend, please email: G.S.Bruce@hw.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this meeting. Please feel free to bring any colleague who may be affected / interested.

HWUCU Branch Committee

Training opportunities

UCU Reps 1 Training Course
Glasgow, 3-5 September 2018

All new reps, and existing reps who would benefit from a refresher, are encouraged to sign up for this 3 day course.Further information and registration available at:

Health and Safety Reps
Glasgow, 20-22 August 2018

Health and safety is a priority of the UCU Scotland Executive Committee. Further information and registration for this training course is available at: