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

Protect academic freedom

Today's Guardian reports a hitherto obscure backbench MP attempting to gather the names of all academics at British universities who might be teaching about Brexit. He has apparently written to all University Vice Chancellors in an attempt to obtain these names. You can read the article here.  Our Branch Chair, Julia Charlton sent a letter to Northumbria's VC this morning, in response to the news:

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Free membership for post-graduate students

If you are a post-graduate student you can join UCU for FREE!!! Everything you need to know is in this document

Workload survey

You might remember that UCU recently sent out a survey about your workload. You can see here our report on the survey findings. It makes very interesting reading and will inform UCU's engagement with university management over the issue. The branch executive would like to thank every staff member who contributed to the survey.

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