College Funding Petition

Politics students at Brockenhurst College in Hampshire have launched a parliamentary petition calling on the Government to urgently increase college funding to sustainable levels, including immediate parity with recently announced increases to schools funding. They need 100,000 signatures to get a debate in Westminster. You can sign the petition here: http://www.petition.parliament.uk/petitions/229744

 

 

Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, Jackie Collins and Vicki Murray (UCU's Equality Officers) organised a very successful film screening in Lipman on 10/10/18. Continuing the creative and celebratory theme, we're delighted to share the world premiere of this poem by Northumbria's very own Bard, 'The Fish Doctor'. Enjoy!

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Get the vote out

UCU Northumbria hope you had a good summer. As you may know, over the summer our employers, UCEA (the University Council for Education Administration) made us an offer on pay which applies nationally: 2%. Our own university has imposed this, but it has not been agreed locally, or nationally. For more information, see here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/he2018

In a consultative ballot in June, UCU members in HE voted to reject the employers' final below-inflation offer, and resoundingly indicated their support for industrial action in the latest campaign for pay and equality in higher education. 82% of members responding to the consultation voted to reject the offer and 65% said they were prepared to take industrial action in defence of their pay.

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Workplace well being and health

You might want to read this very interesting article from the TUC.

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