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Committee Meetings

The branch committee is elected annually by the local membership. It meets each month to organise branch activities and decide on priorities. Members should contact their local rep, or Marion Winters (Acting Branch President), if they wish to suggest an agenda item for discussion at the branch committee.

University Meetings

The Combined Joint Negotiation and Consultation Committee (CJNCC) is a regular meeting between the employer (HWU) and the trade unions (UCU, UNITE, UNISON), who represent the staff at the University. It is a forum for sharing information and enabling discussions on matters affecting employees, and negotiating on terms and conditions. Two members from the HWUCU committee attend CJNCC meetings.

Local Members Meetings

Members meetings are an opportunity for members to express their views and influence branch policy on local and national matters. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in supporting the branch. Please speak to any member of the branch committee for further details.


An opportunity to hear and discuss local and national issues relevant to members. Voting in elections to the branch committee will also take place during this meeting. Any local member is eligible to stand for election, please contact the branch office for nomination papers. Refreshments will be provided.

Open Meetings

Open to members and non-members alike, these meetings often focus on specific issues e.g.  pay, pensions, workload etc. A visiting speaker may be invited to an open meeting.

National Members Meetings

The branch sends delegates to national member meetings and specialist interest groups organised by UCU. These are a great opportunity to meet colleagues from other institutions, discuss current issues and activities, and help inform UCU policies and actions nationally. Further details.

Annual Congress and Sector Conference

National Congress May 29th and 31st 2021, 09:30 to 16:00 (online)
Higher Education Sector Conference June 2nd 2021, 13:30 to 17:00 (online)

UCU’s supreme policy-making body of the union is its annual congress. Congress includes separate annual meetings of UCU’s further and higher education sector conferences, where policy particular to these areas is decided. In addition, special sector conferences are sometimes called between the annual congress meetings in order to pass policy on specific urgent matters. Further details.


Glossary of some of the terms used is available here.