AUCC WEEKLY NEWS, 25 Sept, 2017

AUCC WEEKLY NEWS, 25 Sept, 2017

AUCU WEEKLY NEWS…

  1. USS under attack: vote YES to defend pensions
    Members who work at a university covered by the USS pension scheme can vote now in the UCU e-ballot. This includes the University of Aberdeen! We’re asking if members would be prepared to take industrial action, to give us the pressure we need in negotiations. The current scheme benefit levels require contributions some 6.6% of pay higher than at present. More here.  UCU national office sent out an email with your personal voting link last week.  If you cannot find it in your inbox, please check the junk folder as UCU emails sometimes get diverted. If you still cannot find it, you can request another copy here.

  2. Lunchtime seminar on equality, diversity & inclusion
    We are hosting a lunchtime seminar, open to all staff and students, featuring external speakers on the subject of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This event takes place on Thursday 28th September 2017 between 12pm and 2pm in the King’s College Conference Centre. RSVP to ucu@abdn.ac.uk or via Eventbrite
  3. General Meeting for all AUCU members
    Members are invited to the first GM of this semester on Wednesday 27th September from 1pm to 2pm in New Kings 10, IMS level 5 conference room and Skype. This will be a busy meeting where there will be updates, discussion and votes on:
    1. terms and conditions in relation to working abroad

    2. annual promotions exercise

    3. management proposals for a new Framework of Academic Expectations

    4. workload

    5. Senior management's response to five formal discussion papers submitted by Aberdeen UCU:

      1. Leadership and Organisational Change

      2. Staffing Strategy

      3. Human Rights Due Diligence Regarding Qatar Project

      4. Improving Partnership Working

      5. Staff Survey

  4. What Next for Higher Education?  A UCU Scotland conference, 26 October at the University of Strathclyde
    UCU Scotland are holding a conference on Thursday 26 October 2017 at the University of Strathclyde with speakers including Professor John Holmwood from the Campaign for the Public University, Jodie Waite from NUS Scotland, and Professor Terence Karran author of Academic Freedom in the UK.   Themes for the conference will include governance, funding, widening access and promoting academic freedom.  Places are free for UCU members but spaces are becoming limited.  To register for the conference use this link.  (As getting to Glasgow in time for the start of the conference is tricky from Aberdeen, UCU Scotland may be able to offer assistance with accommodation costs for the night before – contact UCUS for more information)

  5. Please sign the Heriot-Watt University petition – no compulsory redundancies
    Please sign UCU’s petition calling for no compulsory redundancies at Heriot-Watt University.  Without any prior indication to staff or recognised trade unions, on 3 March, 2017 Heriot-Watt University, announced a plan to make 100 staff redundant – a saving of £4.5m and a reduction in 5 per cent of all staff employed in their Scottish campuses. The University also set out a two-year “recruitment chill”, which is likely to see a further 100 job losses due to the non-replacement of 100 staff. They have also refused repeatedly to rule out compulsory redundancies citing a “Brexit effect”, and “the UK government’s immigration policies and messaging” as key factors. However, last year alone they spent in excess of 9 million pounds on consultants and are still forging ahead with building refurbishments at a cost of 10 million.  Please sign and share as widely as possible.

 

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