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26 May 2017

AUCU Weekly News


  1. Update on Annual General Meeting: Thanks again to everybody who attended the AGM - this was very well supported - with votes on the annual accounts; local subscription fee revision; emergency motions and new committee passed unanimously. As part of a "hustings", we heard addresses from the candidates for the University Court seat with opportunities for Q&A.

  2. Election of UCU nominee to University of Aberdeen Court: The electronic ballot is now open for this important election. You should have received an e-mail asking you to cast your single transferable vote. Please let Susan ( know if you have not. Please cast your vote if you have not already done so.


  3. Your new committee: As approved by the AGM, your new committee is in place and you can find their contact details here
  4. Next General Meeting: Thursday 8th June 1pm Macrobert Lecture Theatre ; Polwarth 1:044 and via Skype.
    This will include

    1. Confirmation of the AUCU nominee to the University Court

    2. Discussion/vote on National pay award for 2017-2018 including potential motion(s) to be debated on executive pay (see below)

    3. Update/next steps on Working Abroad

    4. Update/next steps on Disinvestment v2

    5. Open Floor - including any new motions

      If you wish to put forward a motion (statement) for debate then please bring it along as this can shape the future direction and strategy of the branch.

      Improving our use of motions is essential to give the branch officials who represent your interests a clear mandate on which to operate.

      Potential motion for debate: Aberdeen UCU notes the recent bonus of £27,000 paid to the Principal and his subsequent decision to donate this to the Student Hardship Fund. We acknowledge this as a generous gesture but suggest that, by offering bonuses to well-paid senior management during a time of budgetary constraint and staff cuts, the University sends the wrong message.  Aberdeen UCU calls on the University not pay bonuses but to use that capital for the good of the wider university community.

      Potential motion for debate: Aberdeen UCU notes the increase in the principal's remuneration package from £316,000 in 2015 to £352,000 in 2016. We contrast an increase of 11.3% for the Principal whilst regular staff have received a final offer of 1.7%, following many years of sustained pay cuts in real terms. Aberdeen UCU suggests we should be all in this together.

Aberdeen Branch
University & College Union
C18 Taylor Building
University of Aberdeen
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