Queen's UCU

Queen's UCU

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Open Meeting on University Funding and Fees in a Post-election Environment
12.30pm 11th June in Room 01/052 Lanyon South

Andrew McGettigan will speak on this topic in an open meeting organised by UU and QUB UCU Branches.  He is one of the most outspoken and influential commentators on the UK University funding system today.  He writes on higher education, philosophy and the arts and is the author of The Great University Gamble: money, markets & the future of higher education (Pluto, 2013). His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, Times Higher Education, etc. He blogs on higher education financing at http://andrewmcgettigan.org  This meeting is open to all who are interested in university funding and there will be discussion afterwards. Download poster of the event.


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.



Voluntary Severance / Voluntary Early Retirement Scheme.

Many members are seeking advice on how much they would receive  in  either of these schemes without actually submitting a form. The QUB Pensions is very busy at the moment processing submitted forms and have advised that the best way to get such advice is to email the Pensions Helpdesk at pensionshelpdesk@qub.ac.uk.


USS - Proposed Scheme Changes - Statuary Consultation

USS will be giving a presentation to Queen’s staff on the proposed scheme changes on Wednesday 1 April 2015. To access the USS invite for this presentation, which includes details of how to register for the event, please click here.

UCU have produced a circular that suggests points you may wish to make in response to the prompt questions posed in the paper. You should feel free to add your own comments.



USS Campaign 

Read the latest on the USS campaign.


 

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

http://fairpay.web.ucu.org.uk/guidance-on-pay-docking/

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