Welcome to the Cambridge University Local Association of the University and College Union!
The UCU 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 LA.
UCU / Unison banner on Senate House railings
Six Months' Free Membership for New Joiners!
We are delighted to announce that new members of the Cambridge branch joining on-line by midnight on Friday 27th November are being offered their first six months membership for free! So, if you are not a member, please join online. (If you wish to join by phone, call 0333 2070719.) This national membership campaign is highlighting ten good reasons to join the UCU, a poster locally amended to reflect this membership offer.
Annual General Meeting, 12:30 Wednesday, 25th November
The Local Association's AGM will be held at 12:30 on Wednesday, 25th November in the Bramwell Lounge of the University Social Club.
Dr Liz Lawrence, UCU National President, 12:30 to 14:00, Tuesday 17th November
We are fortunate to be able to host Dr Liz Lawrence, UCU National President, at an Open Meeting, 12:30 to 14:00, Tuesday 17th November in the central location of Mill Lane Lecture Room 1. Those who wish to hear from the UCU's National President, or to express concerns to her, particularly about issues impacting academics, are most welcome to attend, whether or not they are currently members of the UCU. Please display a poster, version one or two, to help advertise this event, and visit the Facebook event page and show your support there.
Close of Nominations for the Exec and Congress, 28th October
The Returning Officer has reported that valid nominations were received for President (Dr Michael Rutter), Vice President (Mr Ronald Haynes), and one Congress delegate (Mr Ronald Haynes). They are thus considered elected unopposed. Even after considering our NEC member, Mary Jennings, this leaves the future Exec very underfilled, and the President would be pleased to hear from anyone who wishes to help out. [One name has since come forward for the position of Research Staff rep, but we still lack many posts including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Pensions Rep and Green Rep.]
Nominations for the Exec and Congress, 13th to 28th October
Nominations have opened for posts on the Local Association's Executive, and for three delegates from the LA to the annual National Congress. Members should have received an email with further details.
HEC Newsletter, 12th October
October's newsletter from the UCU's national Higher Education Committee discusses the strategy in relation to pay.
Result of the Consultative Ballot on 1% Pay Offer, 25th June
The ballot rejected the pay offer, supported action short of a strike, but rejected strike action. The UCU's Higher Education Committee will consult further in September. Further details.
The LA Executive currently has vacancies. Anyone interested in being co-opted should contact one of the current members for more information.
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