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December, 2013:

Free UCU Anti-Casualisation Workshop

Are you on a casual contract? Underpaid and overworked?
Fed up of feeling alone, vulnerable and underrepresented?
Worried about the future of Higher Education and Further Education?

Want to do something about it?


Did you know that if you have worked as an HPL at UEL for 4 semesters in a row (2 years) you have employment rights?! This includes proper notice that your employment will be ending and the right to be redeployed to another position
if suitable work is available. (more…)

Link for on-line petition in support of staff in Computer Science and Informatics

An e-Petition has been set up at:

Outcome of emergency joint union meeting

The emergency joint union meeting over the threatened redundancies in ACE was a well-attended meeting with approximately 100-120 people attending. The meeting passed the resolution below and began a petition to protest against the redundancies. Please sign the petition if you have not already done so. (more…)

Emergency Joint Union Meeting 1pm Wednesday 11th December EB.2.44

Your job is at risk. 

28 academic staff are at risk of being made compulsory redundant on the 27th January. This apparently has nothing to do with student numbers as the area in question would require two additional staff to cover its proposed semester B timetable. In which case either Management are either stupid – or they have thought of another way to get those classes taught. Is this the first step to outsource teaching? If so then this is set to happen across the university if it is successful here.

Please support the Sussex University students


Five students occupying Sussex University against privatisation & cuts and in solidarity with the HE strike have been suspended. Sussex’s Students’ Union has condemned the suspensions and asks everyone to sign this petition in support of the five:


For more information and a statement from the students themselves, please see:

New Workload Model

The new workload model has been agreed and published by HR at
The model can also be downloaded directly from here Academic-Workload-Scheme. It takes effect immediately and replaces the previous scheme.   The Scheme will be subject to an initial review at a meeting of UCU representatives and senior managers in June 2014. If you need UCU advice on how to complete the form then please contact the branch secretary, Steve Martin, whose contact details are given on the Contact Us page of this website.

December 3rd Rally

A UCU rally will be held after picketing on the day of the strike, the details are:

  • Picket at your normal campus from 7-12
  • Assemble from 12.30 outside UCEA (HE employers’ association) offices, Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ for short demonstration and speeches
  •  March from Tavistock Square to main rally, passing Association of Colleges (FE employers’ association) offices on the way.
  •  Main rally at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP at 2pm


UCU branch secretary