Keele UCU Statement in Response to VC

Keele UCU welcomes the VC’s statement acknowledging the urgent need to re-engage with negotiations on proposed changes to the pension scheme (University Superannuation Scheme; USS). These proposed changes will substantially alter the nature of academic employment and, as a result, fundamentally undermine standards in UK higher education. However, it is important to be clear that Universities UK
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Why we strike

None of us at Keele want to strike – and lose 14 days of pay – but the threat to our future security is so significant, we must. – with thanks to our colleagues in QUB UCU (and their student supporters)!

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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