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.
UCU / Unison banner on Senate House railings
Industrial Action: the action in opposition to the 1.1% pay offer, which included working to contract and boycotting external examination positions, ended on 15th November, although no improvement to the pay award had been obtained. Joint work on the Gender Pay Gap and on Casualisation has been promised by the employers.
Domestic Servants Unions in early 20th Century Britain, Wednesday 8th February, 13:00, Fisher Room, St. John's College
The second in our Trade Union seminar series. Dr Laura Schwartz (Warwick) will present on the historical role of domestic service, and Karol Florek, research consultant for UNI Global Union (UNICARE), will outline the struggles facing care workers in the present day, and how they might be integrated into trade union activism more broadly.
Modern Languages Open Meeting, Thursday 19th January, 12:30, SG2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site
An Open Meeting to discuss the potential impact of Brexit on teaching, research, recruitment in the modern languages. Sally Hunt (UCU General Secretary) will discuss the implications of Brexit on research. Silke Mentchen (Senior Language Teaching Officer, MML) will look at the potential impact on outreach, recruitment and teaching. Each will present for 15 mins with ample time for questions, discussion and planning a response to the rapidly-changing situation environment for the modern languages here in Cambridge and in HE at large. Poster and
Anti-Casualisation Working Group, afternoon of Monday 16th January
The Anti-Casualisation Working Group meets to discuss campaigning against hourly-paid and fixed-term contracts being used where permanent contracts could reasonably be expected. Precise time and venue of this meeting TBC, contact email@example.com for more information.
Cambridge UCU, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RXTel: (01223) (7)64944