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Branch BBQ June 28th – Chaplaincy

The Branch is holding a BBQ on June 28th, 12.45 to 7pm at the Chaplaincy, to celebrate the amazing show of solidarity during the USS strikes. The BBQ is open to members, their families and all those who showed their solidarity and support. There should be 2 servings of food so come along when you can.

  • Music definitely, sunshine maybe, solidarity always.
  • We’ll bring the BBQ food – meat, vegetarian and vegan.
  • Bring yourself, bring a banner and BYOB.
  • Children and dogs (on leads) welcome.

Please encourage anyone who is interested in the union to come along and meet us all. A poster is available if you would like to print one for your department/building.

 We are looking for a few volunteers to help with:

  • Set up at 12 noon.
  • Clean up from 7 to 8pm.
  • Cooking throughout the day.
  • Anyone who would like to bring a salad /side dish or make up a playlist.

Please contact Sarah Joss, Branch Membership Officer, if you are able to help.

Hope to see you all there!

HWUCU Committee

Save the date – HWUCU AGM 2018

The HWUCU AGM will be held on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 12.00 in the Chaplaincy Centre.

HWUCU General Meeting 13th December

The next General Meeting of the HWUCU will be held in the Chaplaincy lounge on Wednesday 13th December 2017, 12.00 – 14.00.

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.

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.

HWUCU Committee

 

Education Conference, 26 October 2017 – Hold the Date

UCU Scotland are hosting a conference on Thursday 26 October 2017 at the teaching and learning centre at the University of Strathclyde.  The full agenda is still being brought together but Professor John Holmwood from the Campaign for the Public University and the Scottish Commissioner for Fair Access, Professor Peter Scott, are confirmed and will be joined by other keynote speakers.  The conference will examine various issues including the purpose and funding of higher education in Scotland and academic freedom.  Further information on the conference and how to book will follow but if you’re interested in attending this conference please mark the date in your diary and e-mail mmathison@ucu.org.uk to ensure details on how to book are sent direct to you.

What Do Trade Unions Do?

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
https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/edinburgh/map/18-postgraduate-centre.htm

  • 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.

Thank you
HWUCU Branch Committee

The Future of Higher Education and UCU: UCU General Secretary Election Hustings

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:
Sally Hunt
Jo McNeill

Candidates for Vice President are:
Douglas Chalmers
Carlo Morelli

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.

pp Heriot Watt UCU Committee

Open Meeting Wednesday 21st December

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

Recruitment stall this week

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.Rosie-poster-small

Best wishes

HWUCU Branch Committee

USS Presentation at Heriot Watt University

There will be a visit from USS next week. This is an opportunity to learn more about your pension scheme, and attendance is highly recommended for anyone considering saving more for retirement. Details of sessions can be found below.

pp James Richards
Branch President HWUCU


On 1 April 2016 there was a change to how your future benefits are worked out. Additionally, from 1 October 2016 there will be a new opportunity to save more with the help of your employer:

  • Since 1 April 2016 all members became part of the USS Retirement Income Builder. Benefits continue to be worked out based on a formula that includes your salary up to the salary threshold – initially £55,000 a year;
  •  From 1 October 2016, the USS Investment Builder will launch. This will supplement the existing USS Retirement Income Builder.

 Presentations are being held on the 7th September at 10.00am and 2.00pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Room 2.01.

 To secure a place please register through the link below-

 http://uss.adobeconnect.com/e3ime1izto1/event/event_info.html

 

 

HWUCU Recruitment Stall today

HWUCU are running a recruitment stall today, Tuesday 18th May, 12 – 2pm outside the Student Advice Hub (next to the Student Union shop). Come along and say hello, tell us what matters to you or ask a question. We look forward to seeing you there.Rosie-poster-small