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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.

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Industrial Action: Please see the Cambridge UCU Industrial Action Site for details of the action from 25th May. Members should currently be working to contract.

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.

Easter Term General Meeting, 12:30 Tuesday 14th June

The Local Association's Easter Term General Meeting will be at 12:30 on Tuesday 14th June in the Bramwell Lounge of the University Social Club. This is after the annual National Congress, so there will be reports from Congress.

Strike Picnic, 12:30 Thursday 26th May

There will be a strike picnic on the grass by the Mill Pond at 12:30 (or in The Granta if it is too wet). All welcome. For further details, see this event page.

Strike Rally, 12:30 Wednesday 25th May

There will also be a joint rally with Anglia Ruskin at 12:30 on Wednesday 25th May at the Wesley Methodist Church behind Christ's Pieces. Speakers include Liz Lawrence, the UCU's National President. Please see our industrial action site for further details.

Work to Contract, and Strike, 25th and 26th May

A two-day national strike in support of the UCU's pay claim. Compared to the increase in RPI since 2009, our pay has fallen behind by 14.5%. Also from 25th May UCU members should work to contract (save on strike days!). Please see, and distribute, the national strike leaflet. (In Cambridge this action is against the University only, not the Colleges.) Further details soon. Note that one should not inform management in advance of one's intention to strike: there is no legal requirement to do so, and the purpose of a strike is to cause disruption, not to enable managers to plan around it. There is no requirement to book sick leave in advance either, and management is expected to provide cover for that. Please see our separate industrial action site for further advice and FAQs.

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.

Transcript now available.

National Pay Ballot Result

Strike Action: Yes 65.4%, No 34.5%
Action Short of a Strike: Yes 77.3%, No 22.7%
Turnout: just over 21,000.

A clear result. Full report available.

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: pensions-rep@ucu.cam.ac.uk. Please invite your colleagues: this meeting is open to all.

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