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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 Egyptian Ambassador responded to the UCU on 11th February by sending a copy of a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

AGM Tuesday 29th November, 12:30, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres

Jonathan White, the UCU's National Bargaining and Negotiations Official, will address us at this meeting. Nominations for the new Exec close at noon on Tuesday 1st November. A nomination form can be found at the top of our Minutes page, and any member of the current Exec would be happy to discuss the duties of being on the committee.

PdOC After Work: Pensions
Monday 14th November, 18:00 to 20:00, 16 Mill Lane

The PdOC society is running a meeting on the USS pensions scheme which will be addressed by both the University's Head of Pensions, and the CUCU's Pensions Officer. This event is open to PdOC members only, and one needs to sign up in advance by following the above link. Membership of the PdOC society is free to all University postdocs and JRFs.

The Challenge Facing Trade Unions in the UK
Wednesday 26th October, 17:15 to 18:45, Room 1 Mill Lane Lecture Theatres

Prof William Brown, former Master of Darwin, and Prof Alastair Reid (KCL and Girton) will speak on the above topic, with a time for discussion too. Open to all. Further details.

The Productivity Puzzle and the Workers' Movement
Tuesday 25th October, 18:00 to 20:00, East Road

As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Anglia Ruskin and its UCU branch are hosting a discussion with speakers including Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary of the TUC. All welcome, Cambridge UCU members particularly so! For more details, please consult the event's booking page.

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.

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