Friday, 27 May 2016

UCU campaigns update:

In this week’s campaigns update:

Higher education (HE): solid strike action and mass external examiner resignations
Thanks to every one of you who took strike action this week in support of a fair deal for
HE staff. The huge number of reports and photos that were sent in from picket lines and 
rallies from across  the UK show two incredibly strong strike days with excellent support
from students too.

Additionally over a thousand members have now resigned from external examiner posts 
in support of the union’s campaign and there is a fantastic letter in today’s Guardian from 
a group of senior academics explaining why they are resigning from and not taking up new
external examiner posts. If you feel able to join them, please see our guidance here on how 
to resign from your external examiner post and support fair pay, equality and proper
 contracts in HE.

Further education (FE): EU referendum teaching materials
Hope not Hate has produced a neutral teaching pack for use in further education (FE) 
colleges to  support their drive to register voters ahead of the EU referendum. 

If you want to vote in the EU referendum on 23 June, you must register by Tuesday 
7 JunePlease see here for the joint UCU/NUS voter registration campaign pack.

Also this week:
1. In the news
2. New publication: ‘UCU@work’
3. 'Why FE matters: the case for lifelong learning' short film
4. UCU Wales welcomes new cabinet post
5. Performance related pay survey – last chance to take part
6. Research grant writing: free professional development event
7. Say no to trade union victimisation at London Metropolitan University
8. Support the Royal College of Midwives

All the best

Justine Stephens

UCU head of campaigns

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