Giulio Regeni, 1988-2016
The UCU has been shocked by the violent death suffered by Giulio Regeni,
a Cambridge PhD student,
whilst he was carrying out research in Egypt. The Cambridge
branch of the UCU has joined with our National headquarters in sending a
letter to the Egyptian
Ambassador requesting an independent investigation into Mr Regeni's
death, and into other similar disappearances. The University has also
requested an investigation
into the circumstances of Mr Regeni's death.
The Egyptian Ambassador responded to the UCU on 11th February by sending a copy
of a statement from the
Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Strike Day, Thursday 30th June
As part of the UCU's continuing
national action over pay,
the gender pay gap, and casualisation, the UCU has called a
one-day strike in Cambridge for
30th June. As usual, you are reminded that there is no obligation to
report one's intention to strike to management in advance, and that the
action does not include the Colleges, so one should continue to work normally
There will be a post-strike meet-up on Thursday at 5pm downstairs in the
The Anchor. Come and meet
other members (non-members more than welcome too)! Refreshments will be
Market Pay Ballot, Result
Non placet: 707
(I believe that the number of eligible voters is around 5,500, so
the turnout was low. A pleasing result though.)
Market Pay Ballot, Monday 13th June to Thurday 23rd June
Members of Regent House are being asked to vote on a Grace which would
make it easier for significant "market supplements" to pay to be awarded.
The Local Association believes that such payments lack transparency, and
lack a fair distribution between disciplines and genders, so it
opposes a reduction in the current levels of scrutiny, and is encouraging
members to vote non placet, and to encourage their Regent colleagues to
do likewise. More detailed arguments are given
here, along with
the the non
placet flysheet. The page for voting is
Defending the Public University:
a Discussion of the Alternative
White Paper for Higher Education
17:00 Monday 20th June
The Cambridge UCU is hosting an early
evening discussion of the Alternative White
Paper for Higher Education on Monday 20th June, 5pm to 7pm, Room 2, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres. The speakers
will be Profs Stefan Collini and David Midgley from Cambridge (founding
members of the Council for the Defence of British Universities) and from
London Drs Kerry Harman and Sean Wallis, contributors to 'The Alternative
White Paper', which was launched earlier this week. Please come, and
also invite your colleagues and friends to this open meeting.
Easter Term General Meeting, 12:30 Tuesday 14th June
The Local Association's Easter Term General Meeting will be at
12:30 on Tuesday 14th June in the
of the University Social Club. This is after the annual National
Congress, so there will be reports from Congress.
Work-to-Contract and Strike Meeting, 12:15 Thursday 2nd June
Work-to-contract and strike meeting, 12:15 Thursday 2nd June
SG1 (ground floor)
Alison Richard Building,
7, West Road.
An important meeting for UCU members and supporters to discuss
working-to-contract as part of UCU's national dispute with the employers
over pay. We will also be discussing resigning from external examiner posts
and planning for a one-day local strike for June/July.
National Pay Ballot Result
Strike Action: Yes 65.4%, No 34.5%
Action Short of a Strike: Yes 77.3%, No 22.7%
Turnout: just over 21,000.
A clear result.
Full report available.