USS - Update

As you know, pre-92 institutions are being ballotted regarding the USS pension scheme. You will find here an update from UCU about this very important matter.

16 days in 16 ways

16 days of activism against gender based violence is an international campaign that organises at all levels, including the United Nations, Governments, NGOs and trade unions.

It's initiated by The Centre for Women's Global Leadership, a feminist human rights organisation. The activism period is 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) - 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

UCU is supporting this campaign and will be using this period to focus on our priorities and suggest 16 ways in which branches and members can get involved. You can find more information about this campaign here.

You can also visit the website (, follow 16 days on Facebook ( and tweet support (

TUC online training

The TUC has launched anew service called "e-notes", which is online training on a wide range of topics. You can find it here.  All you need to do is register and then you can access the content

No to violence against women

Sexual violence and harassment

The National Executive Committee agreed the following statement on sexual violence and harassment:Sexual violence and harassment: a UCU statement

UCU is currently in discussions with a counselling service to provide support to those experiencing sexual harassment and any reps who may want counselling support in supporting members. Further information to follow soon.

The branch executive is following this guidance and will be taking appropriate action very soon. Over the next few months, the TUC is running a series of workshops on this issue. If you are interested in attending, please follow this link: Union Professionals: Dealing with Sexual Harassment Workshops

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