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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.

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Trump travel ban: the UCU nationally has issued a statement condemning President Trump's executive order banning national of seven countries from entering the US. Cambridge's Vice Chancellor has also condemned the policy "that undermines academic freedom, disrupts partnerships, and blocks the pathways to understanding between peoples" and has made it clear that the University will offer assistance to any staff or students affected. We welcome the VC's statement.

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.

Working People's Rights after Brexit
Thu 18th May, 17.15-19.00. Room 2, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres

This open seminar, hosted jointly with the ARU's UCU branch, explores the impact Brexit will have on workers' rights. Our speakers are Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at Birkbeck, and Owen Tudor, the head of the EU and International Relations Dept of the TUC.

All are welcome to attend this open seminar.

National Pay Offer: 1.7%
Thu 11th May, 113:00-14:00. Room 2, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres

A meeting for UCU members only for us to discuss our response to the final offer from the employers in this year's pay round. (It is below inflation, as usual.) After this meeting, feedback will be sent to the UCU's national HEC. Please come and make your views known.

The Central European University, Budapest

The Central European University, Budapest, is under considerable threat from the Hungarian government. More can be read in this article in Varsity, and in many other news sources. If you are a member of Cambridge University, please consider showing your support by signing this petition asking our VC to make a formal statement of support for the CEU on behalf of the University.

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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