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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:

Mentoring
24 February, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 13:30-16:30
Details and registration here:
http://cpd.web.ucu.org.uk/course-information/mentoring/

Leadership in education
24 February, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 09:30-12:30
Details and registration here:
http://cpd.web.ucu.org.uk/course-information/leadership-in-education/

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

Anti-CasualisationCU

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

 

Autumn Conference – Spread the Word!

UCU Scotland, UNISON and EIS invite you to attend a landmark conference considering the future of higher education in Scotland post referendum. 9.30 for 10.00am start.  Thursday 9 October 2014 at the John McIntyre Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

A full agenda and final timings will be sent to registered delegates but confirmed keynote speakers include Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education, and Professor Alice Brown, Chair of the Scottish Funding Council. There will also be breakout sessions and a panel discussion considering the role, future and governance of universities including contributions from Professor Mike Neary from the University of Lincoln and their Student as Producer Programme, NUS Scotland President Gordon Maloney and Dr Liam Kane from Glasgow University.

Places are free to UCU members but are limited and you must register to be able to attend. Please register here.

Autumn Education Conference – 9 October 2014 – hold the date

Hold the date… UCU Scotland along with the other campus trade unions are hosting a conference provisionally titled ‘Reimagining the University’ on Thursday 9 October 2014 at the John McIntyre Centre in Edinburgh University.  The full agenda is still being brought together but Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, Chair of the Scottish Funding Council, Professor Alice Brown, and NUS Scotland have confirmed that they will be speaking.  The conference will examine various issues including the purpose and funding of higher education in Scotland along with governance issues 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.

Autumn Education Conference – Hold the date!

Hold the date… UCU Scotland along with the other campus trade unions are hosting a conference provisionally titled ‘Reimagining the University’ on Thursday 9 October 2014 at the John McIntyre Centre in Edinburgh University.  The full agenda is still being brought together but Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, and Chair of the Scottish Funding Council, Professor Alice Brown, have confirmed that they will be speaking.  The conference will examine various issues including the purpose and funding of higher education in Scotland along with governance issues 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.

UCU Congress 2014

The union’s annual Congress took place in Manchester last week and you can read motions passed and decisions made here.

Caseworker Training Opportunity

UCU is a member organisation. To be effective we need people to help us build a stronger union.

Union support to a member who is facing difficulty in the workplace is a key benefit of union membership, and HWUCU, like all other trade unions, relies heavily on the voluntary support and commitment of local members to deliver this key benefit. Providing informed advice and support to branch colleagues facing workplace difficulties is essential and greatly appreciated.

UCU Training Opportunity: Representing Members – an introduction to Casework, 11th April 2014

This course is taking place at Edinburgh University on the 11th of April, and is open to any member interested in assisting with casework for HWUCU. The course will enable you to:

  • understand the UCU legal support scheme and Recourse (formerly CUSN)
  • understand the role of the rep
  • understand how to communicate effectively with members seeking advice and represent them in meetings with management
  • identify sources of support and information for members seeking representation
  • understand the importance of using individual cases for collective organisation and describe the circumstances and ways in which this can be done
  • develop a collaborative approach with the member and manage their expectations
  • maintain confidentiality and handle conflicts of interest
  • assert your own rights and take care of your own wellbeing when handling personal cases
  • increase your understanding of procedures and processes related to individual representation
  • outline systems for dealing with individual casework in your branch.

Please consider whether you could take on the role of a HWUCU caseworker?

Speak informally to myself (C.M.Ure@hw.ac.uk), or any branch committee member, to discuss how you can support this vital aspect of local union activity.

Thank you.

 

 

UCU, UNISON and Unite members to take strike action on 31 October

A day of strike action has been called for 31 October 2013 in support of our claim for a decent pay increase and to respectfully ask you to support the strike.

The members of all three unions – UCU, Unite and Unison will be taking part in this strike and we hope it sends a powerful message to the employers.

With four years of pay cuts hitting the living standards of everyone in our sector and the university employers sitting on an amassed surplus of more than £1.1 billion, it’s not surprising that members in higher education are angry. The position of higher education staff has also made the mainstream press, with Sunday’s Observer carrying an article from Will Hutton describing our four year pay cut as the ‘most sustained cut in wages suffered by any profession since the Second World War’.

This is an unnecessary dispute. We know that your employers can afford a better pay offer than 1%. I hope that our action will bring them back to the table, but until that happens we have to be ready to take action.

Following the one-day, united strike, UCU members will begin working to contract and we will be sending out more details about this very soon. In the meantime, I’d ask you to support this sector-wide united strike.

Yours

Michael MacNeil
UCU Head of Higher Education
HE Pay Dispute 2013 – Fair Pay in HE

You can follow UCU on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ucu where you will get regular updates throughout the dispute.