Warwick UCU Guide to Carrying out Risk Assessments

A PDF version is (available here)

Thank you so much for stepping up and helping to keep our campus safe by participating in the risk assessment process. Employers have a duty to consult with their employees on health and safety matters and this means that they must share risk assessments with union representatives and must address any reasonable concerns. This is a very important process because it allows us to flag up and resolve potential hazards.

We know that many of you have not been trained and so may feel daunted by the task at hand, but don’t worry. While you may not be an expert at risk assessments, you do know your workplace well and that’s the most important thing. The rest of it is mostly common sense and thinking about how the building is used and how people move around in the space(s). And if you have any questions or concerns, we can help you out.

To get you started, we’ve put together this guide and links to further resources to help you understand what a risk assessment is and things to look out for.

What is a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is really just the technical term to describe a document that both identifies potential health and safety hazards and outlines the ways that the University will act to minimise risks to staff or anyone else on the site.

How do I evaluate a risk assessment? What should I be looking for?

Worksmart.org has put together a helpful guide that outlines how risk assessments should be developed. We’d suggest taking a quick look at this so that you can determine whether the risk assessment you’re being asked to look over is effective: https://worksmart.org.uk/health-advice/health-and-safety/hazards-and-risks/what-are-five-steps-risk-assessment

As you’re reading over the risk assessment, consider the following:

  • Risk assessments need to identify all potential hazards and risks within the workplace and they should consider all those who could be harmed by the hazards identified including employees, students, contractors, visitors, members of the public and so on. The risk assessment should capture what actually happens in practice and include any non-routine tasks that may be carried out specifically because of Covid-19. Think about what kinds of activities are carried out in the area and ask yourself: Has the risk assessment in front of you accurately described all the potential hazards or are there other hazards that need to be mentioned? Remember that it’s not just physical health; stress and mental health are also hazards that the University is legally obligated to address.
  • Risk assessments should specifically consider the risks to temporary workers, new or expectant mothers and young people. They should also  consider the unequal impact of Covid-19 and those who are at increased risk of contracting covid-19 and suffering poorer outcomes (i.e. underlying health conditions, older age, pregnancy, BAME groups, and men). Has this happened and if not, where could it happen?
  • Risk assessments are as much about mitigating risks and hazards as they are about identifying them. Read through the proposed strategies for mitigation and ask yourself: Are the proposed strategies for minimising risk effective or could they be doing more? Do these strategies make you feel safer? And if not – what would be required to provide that confidence?

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and email our Health & Safety officer, Claire Daffern at c.daffern@warwick.ac.uk.

 

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Over 500 University of Warwick Staff Demand Salary Cut for Highest Paid to Save Low-Earning Teachers

Over 500 University of Warwick staff signed an open letter calling on the University to enact a modest salary sacrifice scheme for those earning over £90k/year in order to protect the jobs of casualised staff and protect staff workload.

This morning, Warwick UCU sent the letter to Stuart Croft and the rest of UEB Gold, alongside a suggested model for what such a sacrifice scheme will look like.

We look forward to their response.

 

Salary level Reduction level Number of staff Saving generated
£90,000 – £99,999 5% 200? £0.95 million
£100,000 – £149,999 15% >140 £2.47 million
£150,000 – £199,999 20% >40 £1.16 million
£200,000 – £300,000 25% 7 £0.36 million
Over £300,000 30% 1 (VC) £0.09 million*
TOTAL £5.03 million

*In 2018/9 the Vice-Chancellor received £303k basic salary, but received £370k ‘Total emoluments (including taxable and non-taxable benefits-in-kind)’. This calculation is based on a 30% reduction in basic salary only.

 

 

Defend Casualised Staff, Protect All Our Workloads,

In his very first message, at the start of the Covid19 crisis, Stuart Croft pledged that Warwick will protect jobs. But recently the Provost, Chris Ennew, has announced plans to cut the Sessional Teaching (STP) budget by 50%. This decision appears to pre-empt other efforts to find savings in next year’s operating budget, such as a Voluntary Leaver Scheme, Career Break scheme, or salary sacrifice scheme. According to HESA data, 72.6% of staff at Warwick are employed on casualised contracts. Sessional tutors are essential in the delivery of high quality teaching and student-support. And yet, according to Ennew, the STP budget makes up only 15% of the University’s annual teaching budget and cutting it by half would save the university ca. £5.5mil.

We, the undersigned, do not believe that the University should be transferring a significant proportion of the financial burden of cost saving measures onto our casualised staff who are the least able to afford it, and in the current climate, will struggle to find alternative work.

The University’s policy will

⧪ create immediate financial hardship for colleagues who rely on income from sessional teaching to make ends meet, at a time when there are no reasonable prospects of comparable jobs elsewhere

⧪ jeopardise the career prospects of a generation of  early career academics by denying them access to the academic community. Without access to teaching opportunities, to colleagues, to the library and laboratories, our junior colleagues will be unable to continue their academic work and research and will therefore struggle to re-enter academia in the future, particularly in an environment where permanent jobs are already scarce and every publication matters. The loss of early-career academics will have a detrimental impact on future research, teaching, and diversity of thought.

⧪ create an institute-wide Health & Safety crisis. Sessional Tutors are essential to the delivery of high quality teaching during less eventful times, and this crisis will make their work ever more business-critical. Without Sessional Tutors, already unmanageable workloads will reach a crisis point.

⧪ undermine the University’s stated commitments to diversity, equality, and inclusion. We know that casualisation exacerbates existing inequalities and that because of discrimination, casualised contracts are disproportionately held by BAME academics and female academics. The workload increase that result from cutting casualised staff will inevitably affect those staff who have have the heaviest workloads, most of whom are women, BAME and carers.

If we are to avoid this scenario, Warwick must commit to protecting all of its staff. Thus, we the undersigned are petitioning for the following measures.

  1. That the University reverse its stated aims of reducing the STP budget and commit to protecting all jobs.
  2. That the University commit to a salary sacrifice scheme in which all of those who earn more than £90k agree to either a salary cap or to a percentage sacrifice.
  3. That University Management open its books and engage with all staff and workers democratically and transparently in deciding how savings can be made.
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Diarmuid Costello, Professor of Philososopy, Philosophy
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Maria Inês, PhD Student, Hispanic Studies
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David James, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Rita Jane Dashwood, Sessional Tutor, Department of English
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Maria Kehr, Widening Participation Coordinator, SROAS
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Cath Lambert, Associate Professor, Sociology
Laura Lammasniemi, Assistant professor, Law school
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Mario Micallef, Associate Professor, Mathematics
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Mónica Martín-Castaño, Senior Teaching Fellow, SMLC
Kelly Mayjonade-Christy, Teaching Fellow, French Studies
June Mc Cready, Teaching Fellow, Centre for Applied Linguistics
Noel McCarthy, Professor, Warwick Medical School
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Sander Molenaar, PhD Candidate, History
David Mond, Professor, Mathematics Institute
Charlotte Moonan, Business Development & Marketing Officer, School of Life Sciences
Richard Moore, Senior Research Fellow, Philosophy
Lauren Moore, Impact Coordinator, Research and impact services
Sara Morales Izquierdo, PhD student, Psychology
Joel Moreira, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Javier Moreno Zacarés, Research Fellow, Politics and International Studies
Louise Morgan, PhD Student and Sessional Tutor, History
Solange Mouthaan, Associate Professor, Law
Maeve Moynihan, WICID Administrator, Politics and International Studies
Tara Mulqueen, Assistant Professor, Law
Kenichi Nagasawa, Assistant Professor, Economics
Rosalyn Narayan, Student Experience and Engagement Coordinator, Economics
Raquel Navas, Teaching Fellow, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Jayan Nayar, Associate Professor, School of Law
Mahnaz Nazneen, Teaching Fellow, Economics
Rosa Nazzaro, Sessional tutor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Phillip Nelson, Research Fellow, PAIS
Zahra Newby, Head of Department, Classics and Ancient History
Michael Niblett, Associate Professor, English
David Nicoll, Phd candidate, History
Chenwei Nie, PhD candidate, Philosophy
Filip Niklas, PhD candidate, Philosophy
Muireann O’Dwyer, Teaching Fellow in British and European Politics, Politics and International Studies
Rachel O’Neill, Wellcome Fellow in Humanities and Social Sciences, Sociology
Marcel Obst, PhD Student, Sociology
Christine Okoth, Research Fellow, English and Comparative Literature
Meleisa Ono-George, Associate Professor, History
Martin Orr, Warwick Zeeman Lecturer, Mathematics
Goldie Osuri, Associate Professor, Sociology
Andrew Oswald, Professor, Economics
Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Professor, English and Comparative Literary Studies
Gioia Panzarella, Teaching Fellow, Global Sustainable Development
Stefania Paredes Fuentes, Associate Professor, Economics
Melissa Pawelski, PhD Student at Warwick and Sessional Tutor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures (French), Warwick
Lynne Pettinger, Associate Prof, Sociology
Tom pettinger, associate tutor / phd student, PAIS
Oleg Pikhurko, Professor, Mathematics
Harry Pitt Scott, PhD student, English
Piermarco Piu, PhD Student / Sessional tutor, Sociology
Nicola Pratt, Reader, International Politics of the Middle East, Politics & International Studies
Paul Prescott, Reader, English
Laura Prisco, PhD Student, School of Life Sciences
Caroline Proctor, IT Manager, School of Law
Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Kevin Purdy, Associate Professor, School of lIfe Sciences
Pierre Purseigle, Associate Professor, History
Richard Puxty, Assistant Professor, Life Sciences
Mariana Racimo, PhD student, Economics
Shirin Rai, Professor, PAIS
Tania Read, Research Fellow, Chemistry
Benjamin Redding, Sessional Tutor since 2014, History
Melissa Reddy, PhD Student, Psychology
Michela Redoano, Associate Professor, Economics
Sophie Rees, Research Fellow, Warwick Medical School
Scott Regan, Senior Project Manager, WMS
Nicole Reily, PhD student, Chemistry
Lena Rethel, Associate Professor, PAIS
Maria Reyes Baztán, PhD History, History
Maria Reyes, PhD student and STP, History
Giovanni Ricco, Assistant Professor, Economics
Thomas Richards, PhD Student, Mathematics
Ben Richardson, Associate Professor, PAIS
Noorin Rodenhurst, PhD Student, Psychology
Johannes Roessler, Associate Professor (Reader), Philosophy
Nicola Rogers, Research Fellow, Chemistry
Charlotte Roman, PhD Student, Mathematics for Real-world Systems
Anna Ross, Associate Professor, History
Federico Rossi, Assistant Professor, Economics
Christopher Roth, Assistant Professor, Economics
Clare Rowan, Associate Professor, Classics and Ancient History
William Rupp, Senior Academic Developer, Organisational Development
Chris Russell-Smith, PhD candidate, Philosophy
Kristyna Rysava, PhD Candidate and Casual Support Teacher, School of Life Sciences
Orkun S Soyer, Professor, School of Life Sciences
Parastou Saberi, British Academy Newton Int. Fellow, PAIS
Raza Saeed, Assistant Professor, Law
Michael Samuel, Sessional Tutor, Film and TV studies
Marta Santamaria, Assistant Professor, Economics
Aditya Sarkar, Associate Professor, History
Sudipa Sarkar, Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research
Jessica Savage, Senior Teaching Fellow, Global Sustainable Development
Michael Saward, Professor, PAIS
Saul Schleimer, Reader, Mathematics
Helmut Schmitz, Professor of German Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Laura Schwartz, Reader in Modern British History, History
Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, Deputy Head of School of Cross-faculty Studies, Liberal Arts
Christine Schwöbel-Patel, Associate Professor, Law
Greg Scott, QA Support Officer, CTU
Leon Sealey-Huggins, Assistant Professor, Global Sustainable Development
Sharifah Sekalala, Associate Professor, Law
Benedict Sewell, PhD student, Mathematics
Jack Shardlow, Associate Tutor, Philosophy
Gerard Sharpling, Senior Teaching Fellow, Centre for Applied Linguistics
Osian Shelley, PhD Student, Mathematics
Aditi Shenvi, PhD student, Centre for complexity science/Department of Mathematics
Stan Shire, Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, School of Engineering
Rochelle Sibley, Senior Teaching Fellow, English and Comparative Literary Studies
Igor Sikora, PhD Student, Mathematics
Gabriel Siles-Brugge, Associate Professor in Public Policy, PAIS
Shantanu Singh, PhD Student, Economics
Shubhra Singh, PhD student, Economics
Harminder Singh, Senior Teaching Fellow, WBS
Jonathan Skinner, Reader, English and Comparative Literary Studies
Jonathan Skipp, PhD Student, Centre for Complexity Science
Anna Skorobogatova, PhD student, Mathematics
Alastair Smith, Senior Teaching Fellow, Global Sustainable Development
Richard Smith, Reader, Applied Linguistics
Jennifer Smith, Associate Professor, Director PGT, Economics
JE Smyth, Professor, History
Somak Biswas, Early Career Fellow, History
Emma Southall, PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, Mathematics
Tommer Spence, PhD Student & STP Facilitator, Warwick Medical School
Helen Spencer-Oatey, Professor, Applied Linguistics
James Sprittles, Associate Professor (Reader), Maths
Vicki Squire, Professor of International Politics, Politics and International Studies
Michael Staniforth, Senior Research Fellow, Chemistry
Anastasia Stavridou, PhD Candidate and Sessional Tutor, Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
Leo Steeds, Early Career Fellow, IAS
Dave Steele, PhD candidate, History
A. Stefano Caria, Associate Professor, Economics
Charlotte Stevens, PhD Candidate, SLS
Shaun Stevenson, PhD Student/Module Tutor, Philosophy
Ann Stewart, Professor, School of Law
Zak Stinchcombe, PhD Candidate, Philosophy
Bjorn Stinner, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Katherine Stone, Assistant Professor, SMLC
Mark Storey, Associate Professor, English & Comparative Literary Studies
Celine Tan, Reader, Law
Shahin Tavakoli, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Statistics
James Taylor, Teaching Fellow, Film and Television Studies
Esmee te Winkel, PhD Student, STP teacher, Maths
Irina Terrero Rodriguez, PhD student, Chemistry
Caryn Thandi Petersen, PhD Student, Sociology
Florian Theil, Reader, Mathematics
Adam Thomas, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Jake Thomas, PhD Student (and Teach via STP), Mathematics
Simon Thorpe, Associate Tutor, Law
Jo Tierney, STP Tutor, History
Julie Tod, Senior Research Technician, School of Life Sciences
P Tomlin, Reader, Philosophy
Alperen Tosun, Research Student, Economics
Myka Tucker-Abramson, Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literary Studies
Joshua Tully, PhD Student, Chemistry
Daniel Ueltschi, Professor, Mathematics
Alex Underwood, PhD candidate and STA, Philosophy
Sivamohan Valluvan, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Guido van Meersbergen, Assistant Professor, History
Thijs van Rens, Associate Professor, Economics
Caitlin Vandertop, Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literary Studies
Maude Vanhaelen, Reader in Classics, Classics and SMLC
Rashmi Varma, Reader, English and Comparative Literary Studies
Alejandro Veiga, PhD student / STP tutor, Hispanic Studies
Christian Velasco, Early Career Fellow, IAS, Institute of Advanced Studies, Warwick
Erwin Verwichte, Reader, Physics
Leticia Villamediana, Senior Teaching Fellow, SMLC
David Vitale, Assistant Professor, Law
Lara Vomfell, PhD Student, WBS
Khursheed Wadia, Associate Professor, Sociology
Oba Waiyaki, PhD Student, Computer Science
Barnaby Walker, Teaching Fellow, Philosophy
Leigh Walker, Research Impact Coordinator, Research and Impact Services
Illan Wall, Reader, School of Law
Bingsong Wang, Teaching Fellow, Economics
Paul Warmington, Professor, Education
Mike Waterson, Professor of Economics (part time), Economics
Sam Watson, Associate Professor, Warwick Medical School
Matthew Watson, Professor, Politics and International Studies
Julia Welland, Assistant Professor, PAIS
Sue Wharton, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics
Tom Whittaker, Head of Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
David Wild, Professor, Statistics
Harrison Wilde, PhD Researcher, Sessional Tutor, Statistics and Computer Science
Carl wilkinson, Lab technician, School of life sciences
Chris Williams, EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematics
Leanne Williams, Associate Professor Teaching Fellow, School of Life Sciences
Jon Winfield, PhD Student, IER
Georgia Wood, PhD student, Chemistry
Caroline Wright, Associate Professor, Sociology
Sally Wright, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research
David Wright, Associate Professor, Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures.
Chantal Wright, Interim Director, Warwick Writing Programme
Apurav Yash Bhatiya, PhD Student, Economics
Fuk Ying Tse, Associate Tutor, Early Career Fellow, Warwick Business School
Mert Yirmibes, PhD Student, Philosophy
Philip Young, Associate Professor, Life Sciences
Ahmet Yusuf Aydin, PhD Student, Economics
Nazifa Zaman, Student, co-ethnic minorities Officer WSU, History
Stanislav Zhydkov, PhD student, Associate Tutor, Mathematics Institute
Velimir Zivkovic, Assistant Professor, Law
Agathe Zobenbuller, Teaching Fellow, School of Modern Languages
Nikolaos Zygouras, Professor, Mathematics

 

UCU Warwick: Statement of Expectation on Education Strategy and Workload Management

Warwick UCU has submitted the following statement of expectations to University management, asking that Warwick (a) acknowledge now that staff will need to develop fully online teaching for all modules running in Term 1, in order to give staff time to skill up and plan appropriately; (b) create a university-wide framework for workload management; and (c) acknowledge the extra work that moving online will entail by providing an incentivised system of deferred benefits.

UCU Warwick: Statement of Expectation on Education Strategy and Workload Management

Warwick UCU is aware that the 2020-21 academic year will bring many challenges for the University. Union members and their representatives are no different to the rest of University staff: we understand the current situation and are committed to supporting one another in upholding the world-leading operations of the University in research and teaching.

We are concerned, however, about the University’s recent announcement outlining the shape of the coming academic year, which suggests that staff will be expected to deliver f2f (face-to-face) teaching wherever possible, and to be ready to switch to a fully online provision with minimum notice. This means that all classes will need to be prepared in advance as both f2f and online experiences, in anticipation of these eventualities.

Planning and preparing for this scenario inevitably creates a substantially increased workload for staff directly involved in teaching as well as those supporting the student experience, and the University’s communication has not adequately acknowledged this extra demand on our labour. Creating new online resources and preparing for new methods of teaching all require significant time for training, pedagogically robust redesign, and delivery; indeed, it would be entirely misaligned with Warwick’s commitment to high quality teaching, and in many cases entirely impossible, to simply transfer f2f pedagogies online. The projected cuts of the sessional teaching budget, the potential of working with reduced staff (as staff may be ill or may need to shield), and the take up of the VLS scheme will only add more pressure to our workloads. The extra workload required to meet University demands for online teaching will require significant extra hours of work, and it is highly likely that research output will suffer as a result during the next academic year.

Unfortunately, the University of Warwick has no University-wide framework for workload management. This means departmental workload models vary widely across the University, and some units of operation have no quantitative workload management in place at all. While development of such a model has been mooted by University management in response the last round of industrial action, progress has been rudimentary so far, with many issues still to work through. Warwick’s situation already falls well short of concrete efforts to ensure adequate duty of care undertaken by other institutions. The absence of a workload framework further complicates the ability of the University to deliver a dynamic combination of face to face and online teaching in the next academic year.

Based on the above analysis, Warwick UCU believes that the University is already aware that staff will need to be prepared to teach all modules running in Term 1 wholly online. Being transparent with staff now would allow them to train and plan appropriately, protecting their welfare and ensuring the quality of their teaching. To meet these goals, Warwick UCU calls on the University to urgently prioritise the creation of a proper workload framework, to be ready by the end of August 2020.

The workload framework should specify the following:

  1. Confirmation that the notional working week for teaching staff is 36 hours according to contract. UCU’s interpretation of contractual obligations is that although employees in Grades 6 to 9 have technically opted out of the work time directive, they still have the right to withdraw this agreement at any time, particularly where workloads become excessive. Any workload should specify 48 hours a week as an absolute maximum.
  2.  Time allocated for the additional work needed to develop and deliver online and blended versions of modules, as well as how departments will integrate any extra hours into existing modelling.
  3. How any additional hours, above the relevant thresholds, will be compensated and incentivised by deferring benefits over a reasonable timescale; based on amendments to the WTD (UK Government 2020), such a timescale might be two years. Opportunities for deferred benefits might include a future time-off policy to recognise additional working hours through the provision of additional annual leave entitlement, automatic renewals for temporary staff or extra research time.
  4. That probation, promotion, and performance management processes reflect the additional teaching and administrative burden placed on staff a result of the crisis, and that these processes are properly communicated and implemented at the departmental level.

No return to campus until it’s safe: Warwick UCU’s Five Red Lines

(for a PDF version click here)

Warwick UCU is participating in good faith with the Health and Safety Committee of the University of Warwick in the hope of securing the University’s commitment to ensuring that any return of staff and students to campus is safe, secure, and voluntary.

At present, while some members are reporting pressures to return faster than they feel comfortable with, we are hopeful that the University will respond to our efforts to ensure that the reopening of campus is in line with the latest Health and Safety guidance and the University’s statutory obligations for meaningful consultation with campus trades unions.

To this end, we have prepared the following ‘Red Lines’ that must not be crossed in order to ensure that the move to reopen campus occurs safely (1). These will be presented to the University’s Health and Safety Committee Meeting in June 2020.

Note: We recognise that the situation is fluid, and that there have been conflicting messages about the University’s plans, and so we reserve the right to update our Red Lines in accordance with new information or policy.

Warwick UCU’s Five Red Lines

1. Safe in society

  • New cases of COVID-19 need to be low and falling, with a sustained downward trend and confidence that all new cases can be identified and responded to promptly. This applies at regional level, with reduced cases and a falling reproduction number or R value (below 1), confirmed region by region before decisions regarding reopening of university campuses are considered.
  • In addition to routine testing, protocols are needed to ensure full coverage testing occurs promptly across university and other worksites following any case of Covid-19 being confirmed.


2. Safe on campus

  • The relevant authorities (UK; Scottish; Welsh; and Northern Irish) must have coherent plans which include parameters for appropriate physical distancing and safe levels of social mixing, applicable to HE campuses/workplaces as well as any travel required to and from them.
  • To help ensure physical distancing, all HE staff and students who can work and study from home should continue to do so.
  • In line with WHO guidance (2), masks must be mandatory for on campus interactions, with the University to supply these where necessary and to provide a means to enforce their use.


3. Safe university buildings

  • No teaching or other activity should take place indoors unless it is safe to do so in accordance with the state-of-the-art research regarding required levels of physical distancing and ventilation;
  • Proper physical distancing must be maintained for all campus-based activities;
  • Risk Assessments must be conducted with the recognised campus trades unions for all sites of work
  • Staff must be given workload recognition for the time taken to complete Risk Assessments to allow them to do this properly.


4. Safe for all colleagues

  • Equalities considerations given priority: the University must do more to protect the health and jobs of vulnerable workers or those who do not feel safe in coming to work;
  • To follow best practice in avoiding the risk of discrimination and stigmatisation, there must be no forced disclosure of pre-existing health conditions (3);
  • Equalities Impact Assessments must be completed to ensure that the differential risks relating to BAME staff, disabled staff, older staff, and staff in other categories who may be more vulnerable to Covid-19, are fully considered.

5. Safer communication

  • Full Transparency: Staff require clear and consistent communication now to allow for adequate and preparation for the next academic year;
  • Staff need to be involved in any return to work planning;
  • Workload: the University must better acknowledge the risks of increases to already burdensome workloads to avoid further negatively affecting the mental and physical health of staff members;
  • The University must communicate how any additional-workload burdens relating to the Covid-19 crisis will be addressed and compensated for.

Staff should be aware of Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 see here or here for more information and contact your local UCU representative if you have concerns about the safety of your workplace.


1 See also national UCU tests for safe returns to on-campus working https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/10935/UCU-HE-on-campus-return-tests/pdf/ucu_covid19_hetests.pdf

2 https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

3 See https://sites.google.com/view/accesscampusalliance

Warwick UCU Recommendations for Online Teaching during the Covid-19 Crisis

Ensuring that Teaching is Safe, Accessible, Non-Discriminatory and Effective: Warwick UCU Recommendations for Online Teaching during the Covid-19 Crisis

Warwick UCU is fully supportive of the University’s commitment to maintain student learning by replacing planned contact time with alternative learning provision for the duration of the UK Government’s restrictions. We recognise too that henceforth online learning may become a more central part of our teaching provision as part of a ‘blended’ approach.

We want to ensure, however, that all online learning is developed in a way that gives priority to the learning/working goals and conditions of students and staff. This means that the University needs to consult with the union and departments to ensure that any alterations to our members’ ordinary working conditions are carried out in a sensible and responsible way.

With this in mind, UCU has requested that the University sign a Memorandum of Understanding providing assurances to our members with respect to six main areas of concern, outlined below. We include policy requirements and/or commitments in response to the extraordinary circumstances we face as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that online teaching is accessible, safe, non-discriminatory, and effective.

1. Health and Safety

We ask that the University prioritises the health and safety of all its staff – which includes protecting staff workloads to avoid stress injuries – by ensuring the following:

  • That staff who are at risk, or who live with household members at risk, be given the option to teach fully online, with no requirement to do face-to-face teaching.
  • That staff are given proper training and support, and supplied with necessary hardware, software and infrastructure to do their work. Required support includes sufficient paid training for sessional tutors.
  • That risk assessments are undertaken for all online teaching.

2. Equality and Diversity

  • The University should recognise that equality and diversity issues are at the forefront of its online learning policies. This requires working closely with the Social Inclusion Committee to ensure that those with protected characteristics and caring responsibilities are not subject to adverse discrimination. We welcome the Provost’s acknowledgement that “overall, women tend to have more caring responsibilities, and these may be more time consuming at the present time with the added pressures of factors such as home-schooling and shielding.” In light of this adverse impact, we ask that changes to the length of the working day – which can be used to increase flexibility for all staff, including those with protected characteristics and caring responsibilities – must be carried out sensitively and with proper consultation to avoid both direct and indirect forms of discrimination.

 3. Provisional vs. Permanent Changes to Working Conditions 

  • The University agrees that all online teaching requirements brought into place as a result of the COVID-19 crisis are provisional and temporary, and that any moves to normalise online teaching should be properly negotiated with unions and departments.
  • The University pledges not to set up partnerships with private companies aimed at online teaching provision without proper consultation.
  • Any new policies will be communicated in a timely manner, giving departments not less than three months where possible, to allow tutors as much time as possible to prepare their teaching in advance.
     

    4. Departmental Autonomy and Academic Freedom

  • The University will respect the principles of departmental autonomy by avoiding overly prescriptive regulations concerning contact hours, teaching methodologies and platforms and strategies for delivering online content.
  • Timetabling of classes will be carried out by departments to allow maximum flexibility of delivery, particularly where in-person contact is not possible for health and safety reasons.
  • The University will not use any temporary moves to online teaching to transform or alter how modules are run within departments. A particular concern here is those departments whose teaching is organised around the provision of smaller modules, and those in which teaching is primarily research-led.

5. Performance and Intellectual Property Rights

The University will take concrete steps to respect the performance and intellectual property rights for new online materials, including the following provisions:

  • Extend the Lecture Capture Service Policy to both blended and online teaching.
  • Develop a new consent form to account for the activities and materials associated with blended/online teaching that reflects the permissions academics normally grant the university.
  • Amend Regulation 28 Paragraph 2(c)(ii)(E) as follows:
    – Replace ‘other materials for face to face student teaching’ with ‘other materials for face to face, blended or online student teaching’
  • Online instruction should not include requirements regarding the default recording of teaching. While some teachers may record their lectures, recordings can be detrimental to the ethos and goals of interactive classes/seminars. As with lecture capture, recording of teaching sessions should remain opt-in.
  • As with lecture capture, online teaching should be limited to “the University’s current students on the University’s access-controlled systems,” in which ‘current students’ refers to the student cohort of a particular module for which the tutor chooses to use lecture capture recordings.
  • Where teaching sessions are recorded, such material should not be used for educational provision during industrial action OR after the tutor’s employment at the university ends.
  • Where teaching sessions are recorded, such material should not be used for disciplinary or performance management purposes.
  • The university should provide a Guide of Conduct for students who receive online teaching that specifically prohibits the self-recording of online teaching sessions and their distribution. Provision for disciplinary action should be included in this agreement where it is violated by a student, unless specific arrangements have been agreed to beforehand by student and tutor.

6. Workloads and the STP/VAM Budget

  • Moving teaching online, particularly under conditions of blended learning, requires significant extra labour. This task will be unmanageable if the University attempts to move online while cutting the teaching of those on casualised contracts, including Teaching Fellows, STP and VAM. We thus ask that the University protect STP/VAM budget lines, both to uphold its commitment to protecting jobs, and in the interests of protecting staff workloads (and thereby meeting its health and safety obligations). We would particularly request that the research time of junior colleagues be ring-fenced.
  • All extra activity needed to produce online materials should be recognised as part of staff workloads. This activity includes additional work performed over the summer to prepare for online classes in the autumn. We note that the university’s projection of 2 hours per tutor per week as sufficient for preparing online instruction drastically underestimates the time required in most cases. We note as well that these hours are to be taken from academics’ contractual weekly research time, which must be subject to further negotiation.
  • Increased teaching loads must be acknowledged in probation and performance management targets and timelines.

 

Warwick UCU stands in solidarity with those experiencing racist police violence and those working to end it

Warwick UCU stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and with Black communities involved in acts of resistance across the US in response to the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other Black and Indigenous men and women. We stand with and commit to supporting Black staff and students who may put themselves at risk of discrimination or exclusion as a result of protesting or mobilising against police brutality and white supremacy.

Racist police brutality and murder are not just endemic in the US, but are a problem inherent to policing worldwide. Police harassment and murder of BAME people in general, and Black people in particular, is rampant in the UK, too. Even though UK police do not have the ready access to guns that their US counterparts do, Black communities in the UK still bear the brunt of police harassment, violence and murder. Just this week the IOPC launched an enquiry into police brutality in Birmingham; it has emerged that Black people are twice as likely to be fined by the Met Police for breaches of the coronavirus lockdown.

In recognition of the impact of racist police violence on our local communities in the West Midlands, Warwick UCU resolves to make a donation of £100 (the most we as a committee are able to donate) to support Black Conscious Coventry. We also ask that our members, particularly non-Black members, take the following concrete actions:

If you have spare cash, please consider donating to these Black-led UK organisations working for racial justice.


Below is the motion we passed unanimously our committee meeting on 4 June 2020.

Warwick UCU stands in solidarity with those experiencing racist police violence and those working to end it

This committee notes:

1. The ongoing racist policing practices in the USA, the many deaths of black people at the hands of the police force including George Floyd, Ahmed Auberry, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade and far too many others, and the current violent policing of protesters demanding justice for these murders.

2. The ongoing racist policing practices in the UK and the many deaths of black people following contact with the police, including Darren Cumberbatch, Kingsley Burrell, Trevor Smith, Dalian Atkinson, Mark Duggan and far too many others.

3. That the West Midlands Police is currently under investigation for overuse of force against black men, including the use of weapons.

4. That discriminatory policing is now occurring in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting racially minoritised people in the UK, that the government has not taken seriously the evidence that this disproportionality is related to structural racism, and that pandemic-related policing has also disproportionately targeted the same groups.

5. The effects of structural racism, including policing practices on members of our union, on our students and on our communities.

6. That racist violence is structural, a product of and basis of our society, and that it is the responsibility of all trade unionists to oppose and work to unpick racism in all its forms.

7. The need to stand in solidarity with those who experience police violence and those working to end it, by taking ongoing and practical action.

This committee resolves:

1. To stand in solidarity with those who experience police violence and those working to end it.

2.  To support members speaking out or protesting about these issues should they face intimidation, exclusion from opportunities, or discrimination of any kind as a result.

3. To donate £100 to the work of Black Conscious Coventry.

4. To increase political education for our members on questions of structural racism, in HE and beyond.

5. To write to local representatives (MPs, WM Police and Crime Commissioner, and candidates for next WMPCC) to ask them to outline specific actions they will take to address racism within the police and criminal justice system.

Important Update Regarding the University’s Responses to Covid-19 (and Deductions)

Below are updates on our  discussions with the University about their response to Covid-19, as well as about strike deductions.

University Response to Covid-19

We are pleased that the University has offered greater assurances of flexibility for staff with caring responsibilities. But we are deeply disappointed that we have not been able to secure any reassurances in our other key areas.

The University has refused to guarantee hourly paid staff that they will be paid for their contracted hours if teaching or marking is cancelled.

The University of Warwick has publicly stated that “The health and wellbeing of our students and colleagues remain our top priority” (UoW 2020, 20th March 2020) and one of their four further stated priorities is “protecting jobs” (Croft 2020). HPTs are among the most precariously employed members of staff – they have no reasonable prospect of finding alternative work and many are not eligible for universal credit. We expect Warwick to join other leading institutions in the sector, including King’s College London, Sheffield, and Exeter, in honouring their commitments to casualised staff.

We are also very concerned that the University has refused to engage with us on questions of intellectual property for on-line learning. We simply don’t understand why Warwick wouldn’t provide basic assurances that the on-line teaching materials provided during this Covid-19 crisis will remain the intellectual property of our members, and will not be used to replace future teaching. Until the University is willing to give us some basic assurances, we recommend that staff be careful with what materials they put online and how they disseminate them.

The University have indicated that they are willing to keep a dialogue open on this issue and so we will continue to try to work with them. We know that our members are committed to ensuring we emerge from this crisis as a stronger and more unified community. Thus we remain hopeful that the University will honour their own commitments. We will keep you updated.

Strike Deductions

As noted in our previous email, we had written the Vice Chancellor to ask that strike deductions be either spread out or delayed, as they have been at numerous other universities, in recognition of both the huge effort our members are devoting to coping with the challenges posed by Covid-19 and the financial hardships many of our members will be facing. The University has let us know they are considering this request, but have not yet reported back.

On that note, just a reminder that we are still on ASOS and given the University’s unwillingness to work with us thus far, we want to encourage members to take care of yourselves, your physical and mental health, and to not work more than you are paid to do.

Finally, we want to hear from members. If you are affected by the University’s response to Covid-19 and need our help, or if you just want to share your story, our google form remains open and we guarantee your anonymity.

Warwick UCU’s Letter to Stuart Croft Regarding COVID-19

Warwick UCU has sent the following letter to the Vice Chancellor, Stuart Croft, demanding that he take action to ensure the health and safety of staff and students at Warwick.

Dear Stuart,

Warwick UCU are writing regarding the outbreak of COVID-19. In light of the government’s wholly inadequate response to this crisis, we ask that the University ensure the following to enable the safety of staff and students:

– that the University immediately stop all non-essential, campus-based work so that we prevent the unnecessary spreading of the virus;
– that the University ensure that there is no loss of pay to any member of staff as a result of virus-related closures or isolation, regardless of contract type or visa status;
– that the University engage closely with campus trade unions to ensure that decisions taken regarding the the virus have the support of staff.

We are also very concerned about the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is being used to victimise the Asian community in this country, and ask that the University join us in producing a statement showing solidarity with all those facing an escalation in racial discrimination.

Warwick UCU

Day 8: Throwing Down Science on the Picketline

Well, at 7 degrees and occasionally drizzling we were feeling the weather love today.

Our teach out, “Dealing with Climate Denial and Discombobulation (Climate Strike Warm Up)” opened with our fabulous Caseworker Coordinator and Vice-Chair, Alastair Smith, reminding us that it is indeed our University and that it is us – students and workers – whose campaigning and lobbying pressured the University to declare a climate emergency (as also discussed in his comment on the VC’s recent Green Week blog). So it’s fitting that student groups as well as our local Warwick & Leamington Labour MP pulled out of an official university-backed climate emergency panel that would have required participants to cross the picket line, forcing the university to postpone the event. If the university wants to be recognised for taking serious environmental action, it will also need to recognise the campus environment created by precarity, threatened pensions, frozen wages and the gender and BME pay gap. Managerialism will never solve a crisis created by managerialism!

This panel, co-run with GSD student Todd Olive, debunked the climate deniers and threw down some scary truths about climate change.

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And speaking of science, our picketers by the campus roundabout carried out some science of their own. In a highly rigorous study of driveby solidarity, they determined that in just 10 minutes over 20 solidarity honks were delivered!  Between that and our solidari-biscuits, we are feeling the love!

The day ended with a fabulous discussion of feminist traditions in the UK, US and Europe.

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In case the administration hasn’t yet got the message, this action remains fierce, determined and strong, taking inspiration from those feminist forebears.