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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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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.

Lent General Meeting
Thursday 23rd March, 12:05, Bramwell Lounge, University Social Club

Our termly GM, with your opportunity to provide feedback to your Executive Committee. We hope to keep this meeting fairly short, so that members can then move across the road to join the Open Meeting below.

No motions have been received for this meeting, leading to a rather brief agenda.

Pensions Open Meeting
Thursday 23rd March, 12:30, Room 2, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres

Christine Haswell, the UCU's National Pensions Official, will speak on the new Universities Superannuation Scheme, now in full operation after the changes in April and October 2016, including the new Investment Builder defined contribution scheme. She will also discuss the imminent triennial valuation and its implications.

The UCU is the sole representative of employees in negotiations with the USS, so if you wish your opinions to be known, come along! Please also consider displaying a poster which contains some more details.

The HE Bill and the Future of Higher Education
10th March, 12:30, Room 5, Lecture Block, Sidgwick Site

Andrew McGettigan, who writes frequently on HE funding, will speak on how the HE Bill aims to establish a new settlement for undergraduate provision in England, and the lack of trust between the Government (as funder) and Universities (as providers). Anne Sheppard, Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Royal Holloway, will speak on the role of the Office for Students as regulator of a market in HE.

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