Keele UCU International Women’s Day 2016 Event

[gview file=””] Please join us – and invite your colleagues (non-members and non-women are welcome!) – to celebrate and commemorate International Women’s Day 2016 from 12-1pm, Monday 7 March in WM1.02 (Walter Moberly Building). Rhiannon Lockley – West Midlands Women’s Officer – will be speaking about the gender pay gap in addition to providing an update on
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Recourse Update

Recourse, the free support service for staff in HE and FE, has announced it will be merging with the Teacher Support Network to provide emotional, practical and financial support to all staff working in education. Recourse is a charity providing practical and emotional support if you are experiencing problems in your home life (managing your
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USS Update

The USS dispute is now over, following the majority ‘Yes’ vote in the recent ballot. The marking and assessment boycott will not be resuming. The result of the online ballot, which closed on 26 January, was as follows: Do you wish to accept the proposals as outlined in the covering letter?  Number of votes cast:
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Marking and Assessment Boycott Suspended

The UCU announced this morning – in a joint statement with Universities UK (UUK) – that the marking and assessment boycott is suspended from today (20 November) until 15 January 2015. Joint Statement: The University and College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK) have confirmed, following discussions yesterday (Wednesday), an agreement to suspend the industrial
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Living to work

Living to work

The THE has an interesting article by Doris Ruth Eikhof on the problem of vague expectations in academia and the problematic tendency to over-work: [N]o matter how productive the academic, there is always an incentive to do more work. And not, as Schell suggests, because we love our work or live in a long-hours culture, but
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Pensions Dispute: Bullying tactics violate workers’ human rights

Professor Alan Bogg (University of Oxford) and Professor KD Ewing (King’s College London) have written a blog post for the Institute of Employment Rights (a labour movement think tank) outlining the ways in which recent threats to staff participating in industrial action are problematic from a human rights law perspective (note: this has not happened
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