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General Members Meeting

There will be a General Members meeting for UCU members and anyone interested in learning more about what the Union does.

Wednesday 9th December 2015, 13.00 – 15.00
Chaplaincy Centre

George Bruce
Heriot Watt UCU Branch Secretary
0131 451 3606

Reps 1 Training, Stirling 2 – 4 December

UCU are running this popular course for reps at the University of Stirling, from 2-4 December. This three-day course is aimed at members looking to become a branch rep, and refresher training for existing reps. Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed. Please advise the HWUCU branch office if you wish to attend, further details and booking available at:


UCU Continuing Professional Development Courses

Speaking Up: Voice Care Training
Edinburgh 19 November

This one-day workshop looks at ways to help keep your voice healthy and use it to your best advantage in a teaching environment. Booking and further information.

Research Grant Application Writing
Glasgow 18 November

Professor Andrew Derrington, author of The Research Funding Toolkit, presents a one day workshop aimed at helping academics write better research grant applications:

  • understanding how research funding decisions dictate the content and structure of a grant application
  • practical exercises on how to design fundable research projects
  • develop writing skills to present your project effectively to any research funder.

Only a few places remain, book soon to avoid disappointment!

Courses are free to UCU members.

Edinburgh Public Meeting – Trade Union Bill

Edinburgh TUC is organising a public meeting on the Trade Union Bill which is currently going through the UK Parliament. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the content of the Bill and to set up a campaign committee to publicise the threat to human rights represented by the Bill within the wider community, and to lobby local politicians.

The meeting will be held on Monday 9th November at 7.00 pm within the Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. The meeting with be chaired by Mary Alexander, Deputy Regional Secretary, UNITE ( and also STUC General Council), Neil Findlay MSP and Mark Lyon UNITE and ex convenor of INEOS.

End austerity now! People’s Assembly demonstrations in Glasgow and London – 20 June

Trade unions and anti-cuts campaigners across Scotland will be staging a Scotland united against austerity event in Glasgow to coincide with the People’s Assembly demonstration in London on 20 June. Thousands will be joining the protests against austerity. Please advise the branch office branch office if you plan to attend.


Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre Demonstration, 30 May

UCU is supporting this demonstration. People in Dungavel are being held indefinitely and some have been held for months and even years. Let’s show our opposition to detention and remember the people in the system. Join the demonstration at Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre on Saturday 30th May at 12.00. Bring your friends, bring your colleagues, bring your banners. Register here to book your place on one of the coaches booked to leave from Glasgow.


To support the demo the STUC are asking that people tweet or facebook pictures of themselves holding the support picture with the hashtag #ShutDungavel.  Further information is available on the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411883552465991/

Learn new skills and develop your career with UCU

You are invited to attend two professional development courses free to UCU members as part of our ‘Learning for Life CPD’ programme:

24 February, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 13:30-16:30
Details and registration here:

Leadership in education
24 February, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 09:30-12:30
Details and registration here:

Places are limited so please register now to avoid disappointment.

Best wishes

UCU Learning for Life

Reimagining the University Conference

On 9 October UCU Scotland joined with our sister campus trade unions EIS and UNISON to organise a conference focusing on the future of higher education in Scotland after the referendum. It was a very successful event, and we have published a full report on our blog here. The blog post contains videos of some of the speakers and debates that took place at the event, as well as links to press coverage. Please read and share.

Anti-casualisation day of action – November 5th


Take part: tweet a photo of yourself holding the  (.pdf) file type icon ‘I support SECURE employment for ALL staff’ poster  with tags #anticas14 #notozerohours, or email it to: anticasualisation@ucu.org.uk.

UCU Training Opportunity: Reps 1, 9-11December, Edinburgh

This 3-day course is aimed at new reps/caseworkers and activists who will be undertaking this role in the near future. Existing reps who have not attended training before are also encouraged to attend. We encourage all UCU activists to attend this course regardless of which role is held within the branch. The union is keen to attract activists from our equality strands (black, women, disabled and LGBT) and welcome applicants who self-identify in one of these areas.

There are 2 stages to this course both of which are run as 2 x 3 day modules:

  • Rep 1 – Induction
  • Rep 2 – Supporting UCU members at work

This course will cover the following:

  • the purpose of UCU, its structure, functions and democratic processes, and how you can get involved
  • your role and other UCU roles within the branch
  • your rights as a UCU rep
  • how to apply a trade union approach to your work as a UCU activist
  • how to develop a local campaign
  • the relationship between organising and campaigning, sustainability and the overall effectiveness of the branch
  • changes to equality legislation and help to embed equality into your work as a UCU rep
  • how to apply equality good practice and UCU equality policy
  • the support available to you as a UCU rep

Sign up here! https://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6422