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The University and College Union is the largest trade union and professional association for academic and academic-related staff working in Further and Higher Education in the UK. Its membership is open to postdocs, and postgraduate students intending to work in the HE and FE sectors, as well as more senior academic staff. It is also open to academic-related staff at grade 6 and above.

Find out more about the Cambridge Local Association of the UCU, and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

UCU / Unison banner on Senate House railings

Brexit: we now have a page dedicated to the implications of Brexit including sources of advice.

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.

National Congress, 27th to 29th May

Our Branch is sending three delegates (and has one further member on the NEC). They will report back to us at our GM on 22nd June.

All very welcome.

Easter Term General Meeting
Thu 22nd June, 12:30, Room 2 Mill Lane

The main business will be to receive reports from our Reps to Congress, as above.

PostDoc Pay (30/3/2017)

After many months of campaigning, we are pleased to report that the University is raising its starting salary for postdocs. On 6th April it will rise one scale point from £29,301 to £30,175, and from 1st October it will rise a further scale point to £31,076 and parity with Oxford.

So we have achieved a long-overdue 6% increase in the starting salary of postdocs at Cambridge!

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