UCU Congress

UCU Congress, Saturday 25 – Monday 27 May 2019, Harrogate

UCU’s supreme policy-making body of the union is its annual congress. Congress includes separate annual meetings of UCU’s further and higher education sector conferences, where policy particular to these areas is decided.

Branch and local association representation at both the annual congress and any special sector conference is based on member numbers – Warwick can send 3 representatives who can claim travel and accommodation expenses.  Creche facilities are provided by UCU.

Deadline for registration will be April 2019 (tbc).  Please contact us via administrator@warwickucu.org.uk if you are interested in attending.

Day 4 Strike for Pensions

Great to have support from Coventry TUC on this bitterly cold morning. Staff student solidarity continues on a day when we find out if UUK are serious about reopening negotiations.Despite the lack of snow, we had to resort to keeping moving to stay warm.

We were joined by some lovely furry friends, Percy and QuinceDuncan Adam, vice president commented “UUK should realise that meaningful negotiation needs to resume or these strike days will continue. We’ve had a 4th well attended day and we know that, as well as giving their support in person, members are staying away. “

UCU initial comment on higher education white paper

UCU has warned that the rapid expansion of private university provision which gives new providers the power to award degrees from day one will endanger the UK’s hard won global reputation for excellence.

UCU also said it was ‘hard to see’ how the proposed teaching excellence framework (TEF) would improve teaching quality, suggesting that the government should focus instead on tackling job insecurity amongst teaching staff and ensuring that academic careers are attractive to the brightest talent.

For the full article visit the UCU website.