Queen's UCU

Queen's UCU


Local Specialist Group Meetings

We hold local specialist group meetings for members in order to prepare for the corresponding national meetings (see http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6766)  in Eastbourne from Thursday 12th November  to Saturday 14th November 2015. The meetings will choose representatives and discuss relevant national and local issues.

  • Women Staff - 1.00 pm Thursday 1st October 2015 in LAN/0G/054, Lanyon South.
  • Black and Ethnic Minority Staff - 1.00 pm Wednesday 7th October 2015 in LAN/0G/054, Lanyon South.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Staff - 1.00 pm Thursday 8th  October 2015 in LAN/0G/054, Lanyon South.
  • Disabled Staff - 1.00 pm Thursday 15th October 2015 in LAN/0G/054, Lanyon South.


Survey on Academic Standards

The University management recently devised detailed standards which apply to the different academic roles within each School. Taken individually, these standards are extremely ambitious, but taken collectively, people will find them difficult, if not impossible, to achieve since individuals are expected to satisfy all of them. This matters because management want these new standards to form the basis for future appraisals, and your appraiser will be required to say whether or not you are meeting them. If you are not, you may be placed in the University’s Capability Procedure which could lead to oral and written warnings and ultimately dismissal.

The management have the view that challenging targets – to use the Vice-Chancellor’s phrase ‘making everyone uncomfortable’ – will lead to improved individual and collective performance. It may do so in some cases, but in others it will sap confidence and have the opposite effect. UCU intend to make representations to the new Faculty PVCs about the targets and various anomalies.  We need your help in order to do that effectively. Please spend a few minutes answering the questions in the attached questionnaire. If possible, please provide additional comments in the boxes provided,  particularly objective information such as the amount of research money available nationally.


Please note that only the officers of UCU conducting this survey will have access to individual questionnaires.  Responses will be aggregated on and care taken to ensure that the identity of individual respondents is not revealed

Proceed to academic standards questionnaires.


Survey on academic freedom

UCU encourages members to respond to a new global survey on academic freedom in higher education. Entitled Safeguarding Academic Freedom in Europe (SAFE), the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

USS Campaign 

Read the latest on the USS campaign.


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