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Anti Harrasment Campaign

Message from Mariam Irshad, UELSU, regarding an anti harrasment campaign

As you may be aware, I’ve been running an anti harassment campaign titled My Body Not Yours. It’s largely been targeted at students but I’d like open it up to staff a bit more. We have designed a survey to answer three aims:

1) Gather accurate testimonies of experiences at UEL.
2) Allow security to improve safety on campus, based on actual student and staff experiences at UEL.
3) Evaluate attitudes at UEL around harassment.


Stop cuts to funding for disabled and dyslexic students

David Willets, the Minister for Universities and Science, has announced the  “modernisation” of the government grant for students with disabilities, the Disabled  Students Allowances (DSA). The initial detail of this modernisation is a series of cuts in provision, placing the funding burden on Universities and individual students. We the undersigned believe that these cuts will:
Reduce access to higher education for students with disabilities and dyslexia Reduce successful outcomes with less support meaning lower degree classifications for students who require additional support Reduce the employment prospects for graduates with disabilities and dyslexia Increase the drop out/failure rate in universities amongst disabled and dyslexic students Lead to further inequality within society.
We therefore call on the government to withdraw this policy statement made by the minister, David Willetts.

Lambeth College action against new contracts

At a meeting earlier this week, UCU members a Lambeth College voted unanimously to take indefinite strike action from Thursday May 1st against new contracts which have been imposed. The new contracts affect new staff, current staff who are promoted or wish to change their fraction and will also affect current hourly-paid staff. In addition management documents state that the new contract of employment may be rolled out across the board for all existing staff. On Thursday 1st May, in addition to picket lines at the Brixton and Vauxhall Centres, there will be a Mass Picket at 7am outside the Clapham Centre, 45 Clapham Common Southside (Clapham Common tube station, Northern Line). Please support this if you can.

Additionally, there will be a solidarity strike rally at 6pm in the evening, to which all UCU members, friends and family are welcome, at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road, Brixton, called by Lambeth College UCU, Lambeth College Unison and London Region UCU. Please send messages of support to Lambeth College branch secretary, Mandy:

Alternative plan for UEL – 19th March 1.00-2.30pm Docklands EB.G.06

Tthe details of an alternative plan for UEL (see  for details) have received a number of comments on the plan and would now like to start a debate about an alternative vision of UEL. They are calling an open meeting to dicuss the alternative plan on Wednesday 19th March in Docklands between 1.00-2.30pm at Docklands in EB.G.06 . It would be useful if as many people as possible could attend so that the document could be amended in light of the opinions of all staff at UEL.

Alternative Vision for UEL

A group of people have got together and written an alternative view of how UEL should develop. This is an interesting paper  UEL – an alternative plan and I would encourage you to read it. Should you have points that you wish UCU to take on board then please leave a comment to this post.


UCU branch secretary


Petition in support of University of Birmingham students

A number of students at the University of Birmingham have been suspended following a peaceful occupation of a University of Birmingham building during a protest to defend education. Please follow the link for further details and to sign the petition

July Resits

Good news – We are told by one of the Deans that the July resits planned for this academic year will be moved back to their normal location. However it is important that we keep up the pressure until this change actually happens.

Student Protest Wednesday 9th November

There will be a contingent going from UEL.  Assembly in central London is from 12.00.  I will advise of meeting points as soon as I know.  If you want to come but wish to meet in central London email and will let you know a meeting point or give a mobile phone number for contact on the day.

Jacqui – UCU (Docklands) Branch Secretary