AUCU supports its members in a number of different ways:
Individual members are supported by AUCU when they have an issue at work that they are uncomfortable dealing with on their own. Over the past year AUCU has supported over 70 individual members in a number of ways including:
- Disciplinary hearings
- Avoidance of Redundancy issues
- Redundancy meetings
- Stress due to workload, culture and other work-related issues
Read more in our Personal Casework Assistance section.
AUCU offers support to specific membership groupings with concerns. Examples include:
- Fixed Term Staff: As a result of confusion over the form of contracts offered to colleagues on external, limited funding and the associated redundancy avoidance of process, AUCU organised open meetings for all affected staff across the University to clarify the nature of these contracts and hear members' concerns about the process.
- Teaching Assistants: AUCU recently supported a campaign by postgraduates employed as Teaching Assistants in the School of Social Science. The campaign resulted in a pay rise for these staff because the School was forced to recognise all the marking, administration, preparation and course evaluation work that Teaching Assistants undertook.
At an organisational level AUCU has negotiated numerous policies and procedures with the University including:
- Promotions procedure
- Avoidance of redundancy
- Staff contracts
- Health and Safety
- Environmental issues
Nationally, UCU is working to:
- Protect USS pension benefits
- Negotiate a national framework for job security, equality and pay
- Stamp out casual contracts
- Fight the privatisation of tertiary education