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.
UCU / Unison banner on Senate House railings
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 Ambassador responded to the UCU on 11th February by sending a copy of a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Prevent Discussion, 14:00 Tuesday 10th May, Senate House
There will be a Discussion on Tuesday 10th May at 2pm on the topic of "the impact of existing measures taken in view of the Prevent regulations, as well as anticipated and possible other measures; their likely effectiveness; their compatibility with academic freedom and human rights; and the appropriate governance of these measures." The Vice-Chancellor has invited all employees of the University and its Colleges, in addition to those usually qualified to attend.
Preparing for the Prevent Discussion, 12:15 Friday 6th May, Mill Lane
There will be a meeting on Friday 6th May at 12:15 in Room 10, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres, to provide information and background prior to the formal Discussion the following week. For more details, see its Facebook event.
Pensions Open Meeting, 13:00 Monday 25th April
There will be an Open Meeting with Geraldine Egan, one of the UCU's National Pensions Officers, at 13:00 in the Biochemistry Lecture Theatre on Tennis Court Road. This is to explain an discuss the new USS arrangements which apply from 1st April (and 1st October) 2016. See also (and consider displaying) a poster, a flyer, and its Facebook events page. We are providing light refreshments from 12:30, and, to assist with catering, if you are intending to partake please let our Pensions Representative, Richard Farndale, know: email@example.com. Please invite your colleagues: this meeting is open to all.
National Pay Ballot, 14th April to 4th May
There will be a postal ballot on strike action, or action short of a strike, in support of a greater pay offer than the 1% for 2016-17 that the employers are currently offering. More details of the process can be found on the National Pay Page, the detail of the employers' offer is in UCUHE/269, and the Unions' demand (UCU, Unite, Unison, GMB and EIS) is recorded in UCUHE/268..
If you have not yet received your postal ballot paper, please see the National Pay Page for instructions on how to request a replacement.
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