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Welcome

Welcome to Heriot Watt UCU’s blog. We hope it will help you to keep in touch with the local and national activities of UCU.

HWUCU is the Heriot Watt University branch of University and College Union, the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK. At Heriot Watt our members include academic, contract, research, administrative, library and computer staff. We are a vibrant active democratic community, committed to improving the lives of our members, with a strong branch committee of elected officials and a local branch office located in Gardener’s Cottage (Services C on the campus map).

Our local negotiators provide an unparalleled voice of staff to management, ensuring that the staff perspective is incorporated into everything the University does. HWUCU negotiates conditions of service on behalf of all academic and academic related staff through the Combined Joint Negotiating and Consultancy Committee (CJNCC).

Our trained caseworkers are available to represent local members should you have a problem at work. Last year our branch dealt with requests for advice or representation involving issues such as redundancy, stress, workload and salary.

Get involved and help make us even more effective!