Join the Negotiating Committee!


Cambridge is the only public university in England that still doesn’t recognise UCU. After concerted pressure, that’s about to change. Winning recognition will mean agreeing a recognition agreement and ensuring it applies to all our members – academic, academic-related, and research staff alike. At our AGM last November, we voted to elect a Negotiating Committee to lead the talks with the University over the coming months. This is your chance to stand for election, and help shape our future as a union!

Alongside our President and Regional Official, we are looking for three members to join our negotiating team, with one from each of our bargaining units: Academic, Academic-Related, and Research staff. Each of the successful candidates would be co-opted onto the CUCU Executive Committee as an Ordinary Member, taking part in committee meetings and working closely with our Organising Sub-Committee on the recognition campaign.

You don’t have to have been involved in union work before, you don’t have to be fully up to speed with the progress of recognition so far. But if you believe in a fair deal for all of us, and you want to put that case to the University, you should put yourself forwards!

Nominations open on Tuesday 12 January and close at 12.00 on Sunday 24 January [NOTE: deadline extended!]. Putting yourself forward is really simple: just email, specifying which group of staff you belong to, and including a short statement (max. 100 words) about why you’re standing. After the deadline for nominations, CUCU members will be able to read through all the candidates’ statements, and vote for the three they want to join the committee. Voting will close on 12.00, Sunday 31 January, with results announced soon after.