Queen's UCU

Queen's UCU


USS petition

Arising from UCU’s higher education committee (HEC) last week, there will now be a programme of negotiating meetings between UCU and the employers. If agreement is not possible, then the union will need to resume our boycott of assessment again in mid-January.

In order to clearly demonstrate to vice-chancellors and principals the strength of feeling among staff, UCU is today launching a mass petition which is linked to here.

We would like to present the national petition to the UUK Board at the USS institutions meeting on Thursday 4 December in London.

In order to maximise the impact in your institution, we would also like to present a copy of the petition to each vice-chancellor or principal on or around 4 December.

UCU is also supporting a petition from USS Share Action which calls upon the pension scheme to listen to staff concerns about a range of ethical issues. If you wish to sign the Share Action petition sign here and add pressure on USS.

Many thanks for your continued support.

UCU Officers

USS Campaign 

Read the UCU document UCUHE236 which contains the latest correspondence to employers and the UCU counter proposals for benefit reform.



USS Pension Dispute - Industrial Action has Begun

Dear Colleague,

The Industrial action in support of USS negotiations has begun today. UCU has approached these negotiations responsibly with a view to ensuring that our pension remains attractive and affordable in the present difficult circumstances. The negotiations have now reached a critical phase and we need to bring pressure to bear on employers and through them on the USS Board. UCU have developed alternative proposals which they are sending to the employers today. These could provide the basis for agreement if the employers are willing to negotiate in good faith.

Members of UCU voted overwhelmingly to support strike action and action short of a strike (ASOS) to defend our pensions. The action short of a strike which has now begun involves a comprehensive boycott of student assessment and examinations activity. More detail of what this means can be found, with other useful information, in the UCU FAQs web page.

Some schools will have already set exams and some not, so the crunch time for members will vary in different parts of the University. We need to know what is happening in your school, so we are appealing to members to keep us informed by emailing ucu-officers@qub.ac.uk. UCU officers are available to offer advice and support. We are also available to attend school level meetings where this would be helpful to members.

Alan Harpur - QUB ext 5910 - a.harpur@qub.ac.uk
Mike Larkin - QUB 2288 - M.Larkin@qub.ac.uk
Renee Prendergast - QUB ext 4540 - r.prendergast@qub.ac.uk
George Dunn - QUB ext 6100 - g.dunn@qub.ac.uk
Tony Collins - tel RGH 02890635016 - anthony.collins@qub.ac.uk

Many Thanks for supporting a better future for University pensions.


Times Higher Education Best University Workplace survey

Please express your views on QUB as a workplace by taking part in the Times Higher Education Best University Workplace survey. The survey is confidential. It starts by collecting some informatin you and your role in QUB. Then you will be presented with about 35 rating scale questions and finally you have the option to provide your contact details if you wish to do so.

Defend Lambeth College UCU fighting to defend education.

UCU members in Lambeth College have been on indefinite strike action since 3rd June.

Please go the UCU website where you can sign the petition and donate to the fighting fund.

Please read letter from UCU Officers

Recruitment Drive for UCU Members

We have launched a recruitment drive to attract new members to UCU at Queen’s. Whilst we have a substantial number of members in UCU at Queen’s, we feel that many staff are unsure about what support UCU offers and have not considered joining. The officers involved have worked hard in their own personal time to organise this effort. Over the next few weeks individual hardcopy letters to all staff who are not members of UCU are being sent along with a membership pack and form. These will be followed up by personal contacts in each area. If you know of any colleagues who are not members of UCU, please encourage them to join. They will receive their letters in the very near future.

Invitation to join letter 2014


Advice on pay docking

You can find UCU advice on pay docking on the National UCU site at


If necessary further on advice on local legal issues regarding pay docking will be given.

UCU are urging all those that took part in the two hour strikes to write to their management to complain.

A suggested form of wording has been provided by HQ for this purpose.

Fair Pay - your questions answered

UCU HQ has provided answers to questions relating to the Fair Pay campaign

Students, why we strike

Students: read here to know why your lecturers are taking industrial action