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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

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.

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.

8th February 2017

Cambridge UCU is deeply concerned by reports that anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying material has been circulated around the University and the city of Cambridge in recent days. UCU is committed to vigilance in the face of racism, bigotry, and disregard for historical truth and fully supports the Vice-Chancellor's statement affirming the University's commitment to tolerance, inclusivity, and respect for all religious and racial groups. (The VC's statement is reported in The Tab.)

Graduate Student Survey

We are currently running a survey designed to collect graduate experiences of work and employment at Cambridge University. The survey is anonymous and should take 5-10 minutes to complete. If you are a graduate student, please take part: here.

The survey will help us develop a better picture of conditions for graduate students in Cambridge. The data will be used confidentially by UCU to better represent graduate students in their employment, and will be published in a report later this year. If you wish to be more involved, please leave your contact details at the end of the survey.

Graduate Student Unionising, Wednesday 22nd February, 17:15, Room 7, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres

The third in our Trade Union seminar series. Katy Fox-Hodess (Berkeley) & Jack Saunders (Warwick) will discuss the challenges facing graduate students seeking to unionise.

NEC Elections

You should by now have received postal ballot papers for elections to various posts in the UCU nationally, including most importantly the General Secretary. You are encouraged to read the election addresses and use your votes. Voting closes on 1st March.

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