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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?

A Precarious Life: A UCU Anti-Casualisation Workshop

10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Wednesday 22nd January 2014

University of Bristol
Social Science Complex
Priory Road, BS8 1TN

Chair: Jamie Melrose,
University of Bristol UCU

This January, the UCU branches at the University of Bristol, University of Bath and the University of the West of England hosts a day of workshop sessions on casualisation in Higher Education.

UCU member or non; Hourly-Paid Teacher, Early Career Researcher or Fixed-Term Contract: all are welcome.

Keynote Speaker: Vicky Blake, chair of the UCU National Anti-Casualisation Committee

How to book

This is a free event: lunch and refreshments are included.  Bookings can be made via Eventbrite at:

If you have any questions please contact us by email at


10:00-10:30     Arrival/Refreshments            Foyer/Cafe, Social Science Complex
10:30-11:15     Keynote Address Vicky Blake, Chair, UCU Anti-Casualisation committee    2D1
11:15-11:45     Break & Refreshments            Foyer/Cafe, Social Science Complex
11:45-12:45     Workshop Session 1:A zero hours contract by any other name.
Any questions or help required regarding contracts, terms and conditions, your legal rights? We’ll be discussing what casualised workers should and need to know

Facilitators: Hedley Bashforth, University of Bath and Nick Varney, UCU Regional Official       2D1
11.45-12:45     Workshop Session 2: Early Career & Contract Researchers: The Research Culture in HE
Kirsten will be exploring the life of the early career and contract researcher and suggesting some of the ways that we can determine research culture as opposed to vice versa!

Facilitator: Kirsten Forkert, Birmingham City University        2D3
12:45-13:45     Lunch & Refreshments            Foyer/Cafe, Social Science Complex
13:45-14:45     Workshop Session 3: Why join UCU?
An opportunity to discuss why joining UCU is the right option for you, what UCU offers its members, and crucially what you can bring to UCU.

Facilitator: Jamie Melrose, University of Bristol,      2D1
13:45-14:45     Workshop Session 4: Creative Protest
Chris shares his experience of casualisation and suggests the ways in which we can fight it in our immediate vicinity

Facilitator: Chris Jury, Bath Spa University    2D3
14:45-15:15     Break & Refreshments            Foyer/Cafe, Social Science Complex
15:15-16:00     Q & A. Panel
A chance to ask questions, make points, propose actions and reflect on the day

Speakers and Facilitators from the day  2D1
16:00   Close

For more details please contact
Ana Lopes
Research Fellow
Centre for Employment Studies Research (CESR)
University of the West of England

UCU non-permanent staff rep

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