Queen's UCU

Queen's UCU


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.


Please read arrangements in UCUHE226 for a special conference on USS on 19th Sept


The proposals included in the “Vision” are likely to have a profound impact upon all staff in the University if enacted. The management have however stressed to UCU that no decisions have been made at this point.

It is important that ALL of our members indicate their position in relation to the major changes that will affect all staff.

We are seeking advice from ALL of our members. We will not reveal your identity and the comments will be strictly confidential.

Please send your comments to UCU before the 22nd August.

You can download a template here and forward your response as an attachment to UCU-Officers@qub.ac.uk. Use the subject: "UCU CONSULTATION AND FEEDBACK ON THE VICE-CHANCELLOR’S VISION". Alternatively you can return a hard copy to the UCU Office, Lanyon South. Blank hard copies of the template are also available outside the UCU Office.

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


23rd January 2 hour strike - congratulations on the best picket ever!!

Read the report

 press release (pdf)

Strike on Thursday 23 January 2014 over pay dispute
Strike on Thursday 23 January 2014 over pay dispute


To exert further pressure on our employers all UCU members should now be working to contract.

Working to contract is action short of a strike but it is not breach of contract and it does not constitute partial performance.

We are asking members to observe their contracts strictly and withdraw goodwill.

Advice is available at: http://www.ucu.org.uk/workingtocontract

In brief, members should

  • work no more than their contracted hours where those hours are expressly stated, or where they are stipulated in a workload agreement and in any event not to exceed the maximum number of hours per week stipulated in the Working Time Regulations (48 hours a week)
  • Perform no additional voluntary duties, such as out of hours cover, or covering for colleagues (unless such cover is contractually required)
  • Set and mark no work beyond that work which they are contractually obliged to set and/or mark
  • Attend no meetings where such attendance is voluntary on the part of the members
  • Undertake no duties that breach health and safety policies or other significant employer's policies

Pay Campaign

The plan we are putting before you calls for a combination of escalating action short of a strike (ASOS) and strike action over a period of months. At the outset, we will begin a programme of working to contract, alongside a UK-wide strike. But we have to have the full armoury of tactics available to us. That’s why we’re also balloting you for action short of a strike up to an including a marking ban.
When you vote for ASOS, this is what you will be voting for.

It is VITAL  to vote for both ASOS and strike action. The importance of this cannot be overstated. We MUST have a mandate that includes strike action. If we don’t, we won’t be able to escalate toward rolling strike action across the country. Most importantly, we won’t be able to counter any attempt to attack members’ pay through deductions for partial performance of duties.

A vote for ASOS without a similar vote for strike action will not give us what we need to take effective action.  It will lack credibility. No one likes voting for industrial action. It’s not why anyone enters the profession or makes the decision to work in higher education. But the sad truth is that the attacks we are facing give us little choice.

Please download and distribute the following campaign material:

Zero Hours petition

It’s time to sort out zero hours contracts, they should be a rare exception not the norm: so sign the petition.

Serious attack on UCU - Sign the Petition

Dave Muritu, UCU’s branch secretary at Halesowen college in the West Midlands has been dismissed from his job following what has been described as a ‘kangaroo court’ at which the college management failed to follow their own disciplinary procedures and failed to provide evidence to support their allegations. 

Please take a moment to sign the petition to support Dave and his colleagues at Halesowen:


Cartoons on how to get a promotion



USS dispute - Restarted talks lead to suspension of work-to-contract action

UCU have proposed to employers that the suspension takes effect on Wednesday 26 September 2012. Click for details

Survey on Diversity and Student Evaluations of Teaching

The  survey of all QUB teaching staff on the issue of Diversity and Student Evaluations of Teaching has now been completed. The resulting report is now available in the Local Issues section of the website.

Early Day Motion on the Knowledge Economy

We are encouraging members to ask their MPs to sign the Early Day Motion 413 on the Knowledge Economy. To date, Mark Durkan, Naomi Long, Gregory Campbell, Margaret Ritchie and Allasdair McDonnell have signed.
Please email your MP, and ask them to sign this EDM (see the link below) – and forward to members if possible,

 Sylvia Hermon – North Down – hermans@parliament.uk
Ian Paisley – North Antrim – ian.paisley.mp@PARLIAMENT.UK
Nigel Dodds – North Belfast – doddsn@parliament.uk
William McCrea – South Antrim – William.mccrea.mp@parliament.uk
Jeffrey Donaldson –  Lagan Valley Jeffrey.donaldson.mp@parliament.uk
Sammy Wilson – East Antrim barronj@parliament.uk
Jim Shannon – Strangford – jim.shannon.mp@parliament.uk
David Simpson – Upper Bann – simpsond@parliament.uk


Justice for Columbia

Meeting at 5.30 on Monday 23rd April 2013  in the offices of Unite the Union 26-34 Antirm Road

Despite peace talks beginning between the Colombian Government and the FARC guerrillas last November, dangers for the opposition and peace activists have increased in recent months. Last year saw 20 trade union members and 69 human rights activists murdered. The Patriotic March , a new mass movement grouping unions, peasant farmers, indigenous and others is calling for peace with social justice, for a ceasefire during the talks and for civil society to have a voice in the process. They have already had many members murdered and imprisoned. Despite the repression they have faced they are organising people across the country building the biggest progressive movement seen in Colombia for the last 20 years.  Justice for Colombia (JFC) is building support across the UK and Ireland for the peace process, and Northern Ireland trade unions are playing a crucial role in the campaign. Come and hear from some of the leaders of the Patriotic March as well as from trade union leaders who recently took part in a cross-party delegation to Colombia.