SUCU Branch News 7 May 2015

Branch Meeting next Tues 12 May 1pm

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Items on the agenda will include a reward and recognition update, and new negotiations for a stress policy under discussion with University management.  Tea and coffee will be served at 12.45.

Have you ever thought about having more influence and helping colleagues?

One way of getting more involved in the life of your union is by becoming a member of SUCU Branch Committee.  By joining us you will learn a lot more about how the university works, have the opportunity to influence decisions and make a difference on behalf of colleagues, and network with activists across the university. If you would like to find out more please get in touch  by emailing  Current Committee Members would also be happy to talk to you.

UCU stamp out casualisation campaign – success in helping individual members

You will be familiar with UCU’s campaign to reduce the use of part-time hourly paid contracts, and for all regular part-time staff to be employed on permanent fractional contracts – on pro-rata pay and terms and conditions. Also, behind the scenes UCU is helping individual members on casual contracts make a case for permanence, continuity of employment, fair pay and treatment or tackling the abuses that come with precarious treatment. You may be interested to read about recent successes in the annual report. If you would like to get involved locally please get in touch with SUCU Committee by emailing Please also talk to colleagues about joining UCU.  Building the strength of the union will help win more improvements.  Read more about the local campaign…

New continuing professional development (CPD) courses booking now

As part of the popular continuing professional development (CPD) programme ‘Learning for Life’ UCU have just announced dates of more free courses on classroom management,  assertiveness skills,leadership in educationresearch grant application writing, and time management.