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Ravensbourne University: UCU recognition

Recognition of UCU at Ravensbourne University is important because it provides a framework for collective bargaining to help improve your working conditions and will give your UCU branch a voice at the university. Unionised workplaces have better terms and conditions, better job security, higher pay and more pay rises than non-unionised workplaces. Unionised workplaces can take effective action to achieve concessions. Support the application for recognition by signing this petition. Sign the petition and win…

University of Essex: space and ‘smart working’

University of Essex staff are increasingly concerned about the implications of messaging from senior management that proposes or implies substantial changes to the spaces in which staff will be expected to carry out their work in the coming months and years. It is essential that we acknowledge the serious short and long term negative consequences for scholarship, education, collegiality, and the student experience at Essex that significant changes to staff workplaces threaten, as laid out…

Stop the cuts at Kingston University

In April, Kingston University announced the closure to new applicants of its BA Politics, Human Rights, International Relations courses, the final closure of its BA History course, and proposed severe staffing cuts in Media and Communications and Film Studies. This represents a concerted attack on the provision of social sciences, arts and humanities at Kingston. The university has given notice that up to 55 staff members are at risk of redundancy. The course closures and…

London South Bank University: stop course closure and redundancies

In the midst of the global Covid-19 crisis, London South Bank University (LSBU) has announced a drastic programme of course closures following a review of its teaching portfolio by the university executive. Seven courses* in the School Law and Social Sciences have been closed with immediate effect, with 16 teaching staff placed at risk of redundancy. There are also plans for a wholesale restructuring of undergraduate courses, mainly in the School of Arts and Creative…

Defend History and Language provision at Aston University

Aston University has announced sweeping plans to close a whole host of programmes and services which will hugely impact language and humanities provision at the institution. This includes closing the Department of History, Languages and Translation and the Languages for All programme. The plans mean that 24 staff are at risk of redundancy and would have far reaching implications for these important disciplines at the university and more widely across the higher education sector. Please…

Stop redundancies at University of Leeds

University of Leeds is RAMming through redundancies  In the middle of the Covid-19 global crisis, University of Leeds management has taken the strategic decision to make ‘voluntary’ redundancies in departments working to tackle the Covid pandemic: the school of medicine (SoM) and the faculty of biological sciences (FBS). In its 2018/2019 accounts (the latest published) the university reported an operating surplus of £38m and healthy reserves. The university has not given us any financial explanation…

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University College Birmingham: oppose the restructure

University College Birmingham (UCB) management are conducting a restructuring exercise. Management argue this is not a cost cutting exercise. 73 senior lecturing staff have been told they are at risk of redundancy and asked to re-apply for 42 new senior lecturer roles. These new roles have an increasing workload with no additional pay. Staff who…

Save Evesham College Provision

In 2016 on merger of WCG and Evesham and Malvern Hills College, WCG CEO Angela Joyce said: “Through this merger we can expand provision in the south of Worcestershire for your people and employers.” (Evesham Observer, 17 July 2016). Fast forward to 2021 and WCG are closing and selling off Malvern Hills College, as well as the…

Make Orchard Hill a safe place to study and work

Orchard Hill College are putting staff and students in danger due to lax health and safety arrangements throughout the pandemic. We are calling on Orchard Hill management to do the right thing. Sign below to request that management: Provide a suitable and sufficient risk assessment Make provision for social distancing where possible and provide staff…

Stop job cuts at Macclesfield College

We’re campaigning against redundancies at Macclesfield College – redundancies that came without notice, or proper consultation. Macclesfield College UCU has found support with local councillors and has written to local MPs to fight back against dreadful management decisions that abandon UCU members to redundancy in the run-up to Christmas. Please take 2 minutes to sign…