Queens UCU Newsletter
- Questionnaire on Academic Standards
- The Use of Grant Income Targets
- Consultative Ballot on Pay and the Next Steps
- Review of the Academic Year Structure
- The UCU Northern Ireland Regional Council Meeting at Stormont
- Fair Share vs Freeloading Challenge for Academic Unions in the USA
- UCU Subscriptions
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.
Please read letter from UCU Officers
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.
Invitation to join letter 2014
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.
Students, why we strike
Students: read here to know why your lecturers are taking industrial action