HWUCU branch membership collectively nominated for the Celebrating our Values in Action Award

The members of Heriot-Watt UCU have been collectively nominated for the Celebrating our Values in Action Award at the upcoming Celebrating our People Awards.

We didn’t win this time, but there is always next year. Plenty more work to be done in the meantime as we continue the fight to protect our pensions, secure fair pay and employment conditions, manageable workloads, and a safe workplace.

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Dear Marion Winters

I am delighted to let you know that Heriot-Watt UCU Branch Members has been nominated for the above award as part of our inaugural Celebrating our People Awards.

Here is a short summary about the nomination;

The Heriot-Watt UCU Branch membership are the very embodiment of the HWU Collaborate value. A group of individuals who are working hard in partnership. Members have sacrificed pay [] to take part in industrial action with the purpose of ensuring fair pay and equal treatment, and we fight collectively to keep all employees safe in the face of increasing stress and deteriorating working conditions. Consultation and feedback from branch members helped to prevent compulsory redundancies in the first year of lockdown. Our reps and negotiators have worked hard with the senior leadership team to minimise the threat of covid on campus, and we continue to work with them to put in place suitable hybrid working arrangements post-covid. This is all achieved by members who collectively put themselves forward for the benefit for all.

A judging panel met in May and had the difficult task of shortlisting all the nominations received for this award. The team nomination unfortunately did not meet the shortlist. However, you should be very proud that you were nominated by your colleagues and what you have achieved.

In line with our value Celebrate – my sincerest congratulations! It is only through people like you that Heriot-Watt continues to be a thriving and successful Institution. As the lead name for this nomination, I would appreciate if you could share this with the others in the team.

You will receive a Certificate of thanks for your contribution to Heriot-Watt University, supporting delivery of Strategy 2025 and living our values.

I look forward to your continued support and contribution to the Heriot-Watt community.

With best wishes,

Professor Mark Biggs,
Vice-Principal and Provost and Executive Sponsor of the Celebrating our People Awards