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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.

Regards,

pp George S Bruce
Branch President HWUCU
G.S.Bruce@hw.ac.uk

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

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