Heriot-Watt UCU is starting a Forum for colleagues who feel that they will be adversely affected by Brexit. The first meeting will be held from 12.30 to 13.30 on Wednesday 22nd March in MB G20. The agenda will focus on how the Forum might be organised and what support we might seek from the University, and wider afield, to ensure that all our EU colleagues can feel more secure about their futures.
The Forum is open to colleagues who aren’t HWUCU members.
HWUCU Branch Committee
The branch is running an information stall this week, Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm – 2pm, outside the student hub. We have also scheduled an informal meeting Why Join a Trade Union?, to explain what trade unions do and the benefits of UCU membership at Heriot Watt. We hope that this event will be of particular interest to postgraduate research students, post docs, early career starts and staff new to the UK, but all staff eligible to join UCU (grade 6 and above) are welcome. Please pop by the stall to say hello, and encourage any colleagues who are not members of a campus union to attend this special information event.
Why join a Trade Union?
Thursday 2nd March – 1.15pm @ Postgraduate Centre Room 102
- James Richards (Branch President, UCU Heriot Watt) will give a background to Trade Unions in the UK and the work of the local branch at Heriot Watt.
- Louise McGurk (Regional Support Official, UCU Scotland) will speak on the wider campaigning work of UCU in Scotland
There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions during the meeting, or afterwards on a one-to-one basis. Please feel free to pass this information on to RAs, postdocs and PGR students.
HWUCU Branch Committee
HWUCU branch committee would like to draw attention to a very important event in terms of the future of UCU and national campaigning.pp
Elections for UCU General Secretary and NEC begin 1st February and continue until 1st March. We would encourage all members to vote and have their say in the way the union is run. Higher education is undergoing profound change with the passage of the HE Teaching and Research Bill, the introduction of TEF along with other external influences including Brexit and threats to the freedom of movement of labour. Come and hear candidates for the General Secretary position and Vice President positions in UCU. All welcome.
Edinburgh: Monday 6th Feb 12:00 noon
Room 50 George Square (G.05) University of Edinburgh http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=50-george-square
Candidates for General Secretary are:
Candidates for Vice President are:
All candidates are invited. Where they are unable to attend in person we will seek to provide a conference call link and / or their election material.
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The next General Meeting of the HWUCU will be on Wednesday 21st of December 2016 in the Post Graduate Centre room 1.02 (Confucius Centre).
Please forward to G.S.Bruce@hw.ac.uk , or your local Rep/ Committee member, any questions/ items that you wish to be considered for the Agenda.
Douglas Chalmers, President of UCU Scotland, will be speaking and there will also be an update from your Branch Officers on what the Branch has done in the past year and what is on the horizon for the year ahead.
At this meeting we will also be announcing the winner of the Branch Banner design competition, in which the Students at the Scottish Borders Textiles and Design department have been competing.
It would be appreciated for the purposes of catering if you could indicate if you are going to attend. Please also feel free to bring along any colleague who may be interested in becoming a member.
Heriot Watt UCU Committee
UCU’s education committee is undertaking research into the current status of, and protection for, academic freedom in UK higher education, with a view to making a report to the UCU congress in 2017.
We are working with Professor Terence Karran (University of Lincoln) on this issue, including a survey of members’ personal experience regarding the protection of academic freedom.
Your views are crucial to the union’s ongoing work on improving the protection for academic freedom. So, please help us by filling in the short survey here.
UCU general secretary
The TUC is launching an online survey to expose the everyday reality of racism faced by many Black workers. This is the first time that a survey of this kind has been carried out across the trade union movement and we want to get a large response.
The trade union movement is committed to eradicating racism in the workplace. However, for many workers experiencing racism at work is part of their everyday life. This may take the form of racial harassment from a manager, colleague, customer, or client and can result in being denied access to promotion or training.
We are asking non-unionised as well as unionised workers to complete the survey. The information provided will be treated in confidence and the survey can be completed anonymously.
We are also keen to hear from anyone who has witnessed any form of racial harassment or discrimination.
If you have any questions please contact Wilf Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org or Natasha Owusu email@example.com
Thank you for your support.
The local branch is running a recruitment stall this week, next to the Student Union shop, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (22-24th) from 12-2pm. There will be local committee members on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have. No need to let us know in advance, just come along at any of the times above.
HWUCU Branch Committee
Security Matters is UCU’s campaign magazine featuring discussion of issues facing precarious workers in post-secondary education and reports on the union’s work to win better, more secure jobs for education professionals.
Members of UCU Scotland at the University of Aberdeen are being balloted for strike action in a row over job losses.
The row centers on planned cuts that have resulted in 15 members of staff in the school of medicine, medical science and nutrition being told they are at risk of redundancy. The ballot closes on Monday 21 November.
UCU says the university is in good financial health after achieving £8.6 million of staff savings through a voluntary redundancy scheme in 2015. The union has accused the university of breaking its promise to freeze recruitment to reduce the need for redundancies.
Aberdeen UCU representative, Derek Dawson, said: ‘Nobody wants to take industrial action, but UCU members at Aberdeen feel they have no choice. The university has already made considerable savings through a voluntary redundancy scheme and we are dismayed that it is handing out redundancy notices at this time. It has broken its promise to freeze recruitment in an effort to mitigate the need for job losses.
‘We believe getting rid of experienced and dedicated staff will do nothing for Aberdeen’s reputation.’
Please support colleagues in Aberdeen by signing the petition: No compulsory redundancies at the University of Aberdeen
Two half day CPD courses are being held on Wednesday, 9th of November in the Millennium Hotel in Glasgow.
This first course is from 9.30am to 12.30pm and is focused on developing effective communication and assertiveness skills to help you in your career. Register here : http://cpd.web.ucu.org.uk/course-information/assertiveness-skills/
The second course runs from 1.30pm – 4.30pm and aims to develop mentoring skills. Full details and registration available here: http://cpd.web.ucu.org.uk/course-information/mentoring/