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University of Leicester UCU

Welcome

We are in the process of updating our webpages. Some of the information is out of date, some is hard to find. (Call it a 'brand refresh' if you like.) Please bear with us while we do this.

If you need to get in touch with us for any reason – concerns about your job, trouble with your line manager, you want to get involved – then please email us at ucu@le.ac.uk and we will respond as soon as possible.

Obviously our branch is only as strong as its membership. The more members we have, the more influence we can exert. Join online here.

For now, the best way of staying up to date is by following our twitter account, liking our facebook page or joining our facebook group. If you want to know more about UCU nationally, then please visit its website.

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who we are, how to join, etc
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LUCU events and meetings

Local and National UCU events

Calendar

2015/16

Wed 2nd Dec 2015,Guest talk by Liz Lawrence - slides now available.

Leicester UCU Committee Meetings

Every first Tuesday of the month 12.30 - 2pm. Please contact LUCU administrator Val Burns if you wish to attend and you are not a Departmental Rep.

If you have a queries you want raised at a committee meeting then you can email committee members directly.

AGM

Was held on Wednesday 23rd March

LUCU Local Events

LOBBY OF UNIVERSITY COUNCIL
Friday 16 September
13.00-14.00
University Rd by Entrance 1
 
In response to the University’s decision to recommend closure of the Vaughan Centre, alongside 150 redundancies, UCU have organized a lobby on the day of University Council.

LUCU FINANCIAL ACTION GROUP OPEN FORUMS

Hear LUCU’s Financial Action Group’s alternative analysis and the
case against compulsory redundancies.
Choose from one of the following open forums for all staff:
Thursday 15 September, 12.30–1.30pm, Peter Williams LT (FJB South)
Thursday 22 September, 12.30–1.30pm, Bennett Upper Ground LT1
Thursday, 29 September, 12.30–1.30pm, Ken Edwards LT1

LOCAL CLUSTER MEETINGS ABOUT INSTITUTIONAL TRANSFORMATION
These meetings are to provide an opportunity for members (and non-members) to discuss the local impact of institutional transformation and discuss further strategies to oppose the changes.

*Academic-Related*

 

12.30, Fri, 23 Sep

FJB, Council Suite 1

 

Arts and Law Schools

 

1.00, Wed, 28 Sep

ATT 208 

 

Business School

 

12.30, Thurs, 29 Sep

ATT LT3

 

Science & Engineering

12.30, Wed, 28 Sep

BEN(Link)Lower Ground Floor LT

 

Geography, Geology & Informatics

12.30, Thurs, 29 Sep

BEN LT5

 

History, Archaeology & Politics

12.30, Tues, 27 Sep

ATT 208

 

Medicine, Biology & Psychology

 

  • 12.30, Mon, 26 Sep

MSB LT2

OR 

  • 1.00, Wed, 28 Sep

MSB LT2

 

Media, Criminology & Sociology

 

12.30, Tues, 27 Sep

Museum Studies

Learning Studio

19 University Rd

 

Regent Road Area

 

4.30, Wed, 21 Sep

School of Education

Staff Room

15 University Rd

 

 

* Also welcome at departmental/school meetings*

National Events

Consult the list of National UCU Events

 

 

 

News

Bulletins
UCU News
News of interest from Leicester UCU and from UCU HQ.
Industrial Action / Emergency General Meeting Friday, 18 March
This message was sent from the LUCU committee to all LUCU members on 15th March 2011.
Where are the UCU Campaigns Updates?
Learning reps induction
Are you interested in becoming a Learning Rep?
Labour Research
Journal paid for by LUCU is now available in the Library
LUCU not taking part in industrial action on 10th May
Response to proposal to Council regarding redundancies
All University staff were sent a message on Wednesday 16th May regarding a proposal for a number of redundancies, to be made to the University Council at its meeting on Monday 21st May. This is the branch committee's response.
LUCU general meeting
University Ventures and distance learning courses
File What is HE Online Ltd?
UCU briefing paper about University Ventures Ltd., arising from a campaign at University of Aberdeen.
Update from Sally Hunt
Message for all UCU members.
Consultation on HE pay offer, 2012/13
Support Christine Vie
A message from UCU colleagues at Manchester Metropolitan University.
USS dispute - UCU meets employers following Congress vote to resume action
File Research Excellence Framework - updated guidance
Updated guidance from UCU - document UCUHE/157. PDF document.
University Ventures - EGM
Come to a meeting this Friday, 6th July, to discuss the University's involvement with University Ventures and ways that the branch can oppose this outsourcing.
London Metropolitan University
News from UCU HQ about the UK Border Agency's decision to revoke London Met's licence to recruit and teach students from outside the EU.
Work to Contract suspended
UCU branches have agreed to suspend the current work-to-contract on the basis that the employers have agreed to restart talks. This information is from http://defenduss.web.ucu.org.uk/2012/restarted-talks-lead-to-suspension-of-work-to-contract-action/:
Pay ballot
Ballot closes 10 October.
National recruitment campaign launched
As the public service jobs cuts come through in our sector, all members are encouraged to support a new recruitment campaign. The General Secretary will be in touch!
National Officer and NEC elections
Nominations now open.
March on 20th October
Thousands of trade unionists from across the UK are gearing up for anti-austerity events in London and Glasgow on October 20th.
HE national claim: UCU ballot results
Trade dispute between UCU and your employer concerning the National HE Claim 2012. The ballot closed at noon today and the responses to the two questions that were balloted on are below.
Ian Parker suspended from Manchester Metropolitan University
News has reached us that Ian Parker was suspended from work after having been unable to arrange, with barely 18 hours notice, for a union official to come with him to hear a charge that the university said amounted to ‘gross professional misconduct’. What this seems to mean is that Ian raised concerns within the University about the problem of secrecy and control in the department in which he works, and was suspended for doing so. Ian has had to leave his office and key, been told not to contact University staff and students, and his access to his email has been suspended.
Unite/UCU meeting regarding ITS restructuring
Joint meeting of the two unions. The meeting is in two parts - an open forum open to all, whether union member or not, the second a discussion and vote for union members only.
Demo 2012
Thousands of students will march through the streets of London to stand up for their future. With a Government that is consistently taking students' futures from them, it is more important than ever that their voice is heard.
Pay a living wage!
The Students' Union is campaigning for the University to pay all its workers a living wage, a campaign that the LUCU Committee is pleased to endorse.
Staff travel survey
For information: The University's Environment Team is interested to know more about your commute to work to inform the development of a carbon statement for the University.
Anti-Stress and Bullying Week
Starts on Monday 19th November.
Universities docking staff pay will face legal challenge
UCU to take legal action against Universities taking whole day's pay for two hour strike
Strike action at University of Leicester
Strike action taken by UCU, Unison and Unite
File Newsletter Summer 2014
Newsletter to LUCU members
File Newsletter Spring 2014
Leicester UCU newsletter from Spring 2014
Latest information on pay negotiations
Update from UCU central office
2% pay offer for HE staff put to UCU members
UCU marking boycott has been postponed until 6 May to allow further consideration of the offer
Pay dispute settled
Marking boycott cancelled as pay offer accepted.
UCU tells universities to return unlawfully docked money back to striking staff
Leicester amongst the 17.5% of Universities docking a whole days pay
Restructuring of the Academic Year: Your views sought by LUCU
Union asks for members opinions on proposals to restructure academic year
Major changes to pensions
LUCU consulting members about proposed changes to USS pensions
Important information regarding your pension
A message from UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt
Industrial action - boycott of assessment and marking
UCU Industrial action started on Thursday 6th of November 2014
Industrial action - update
EGM and other updates
Agreement to suspend industrial action
AN agreement has been made between UCU and Universities UK to suspend industrial action
Ballot on revised proposals for USS
UCU ballots members on proposed changes to pension provisions
UCU members vote to accept new pension proposals
Two thirds vote to accept new proposals
Protect the right to strike – stop the Trade Union Bill
You may have heard that the Trade Union Bill was considered in Parliament yesterday. It is only the beginning of the legislative process but the current proposal threatens to introduce new ballot thresholds, restrict picketing and attack our ability to give people a voice at work.
Talk by Liz Lawrence & Dave Toulson
As part of our recruitment week, we have invited speakers to address current issues that may be of interest to members and non members.
Coffee & Mince Pie Drop Ins
Come along for refreshments and a chat.
Slides from talk by Liz Lawrence
Slides now available.
Proposed changes to the academic promotion process
The Leicester UCU Committee urge you to respond to the proposed changes to the academic promotion process.
Minutes of the December LUCU Committee Meeting
Fair Pay for Higher Education - Rate Your Pay!
See how the value of your pay has been affected by below inflation pay rises.
Second Convention for HE on February 27 at UCL, London
The Conservative Government's Proposed Strike Ballot Thresholds: The Challenge to the Trade Unions
LUCU AGM - CHANGE OF DATE
We Want Your Views on Lecture Capture
Minutes of the LUCU Committee Meeting 5th January 2016
Extraordinary General Meeting
EGM to oppose compulsory redundancies and discuss other issues.
EGM Motions
The membership voted in favour of the two following motions at the EGM.
EGM on 18th May
EGM on Wednesday 18th at 12.30 in BEN LT3
Letter: Putting university values back at the heart of higher education
The Second Convention for Higher Education has put together a letter opposing the latest Government HE White Paper.
When should you tell the University you are striking?
The University may ask you to confirm that you are involved in the UCU strike action.
Pickets & Rally 25/26th May
Press Release: University Staff Fight for Pay
Branch Meeting for all Members
Branch Meeting. 15th June
Opposition to the Proposed Closure of the Vaughan Centre
The University of Leicester has recently announced the proposed closure of the Vaughan Centre and we completely oppose this action.
Letter to the Leicester Mercury from UCU, Unison & Unite
Round-up of Opposition to the Proposed Closure of Vaughan Centre
Opposition from Unions, Students, MPs and the Public
Union calls for halt to loss of 150 jobs at University of Leicester
The University and College Union (UCU) has urged managers at the University of Leicester to halt plans to cut around 150 jobs.
Leicester and District Trades Union Council Motion of Support for LUCU
This Leicester and District Trades Union Council supports wholeheartedly Leicester University Branch of the University and College Lecturers’ Union (LUCU) in its struggle against University management proposed redundancies.
Show Support for the Vaughan Centre in Town Hall Square before the next Full Council Meeting
Thurs 14th July, 4-5pm, Town Hall Square
LUCU June Newsletter
Letter to VC to withdraw threat of compulsory redundancies
Crisis – What Financial Crisis?
A report from Leicester UCU Finance Action Group, 8 Aug 2016
No redundancies! No confidence!
Letter to VC about trade dispute
A letter sent to the VC on behalf of LUCU.
Leicester Mercury get Vaughan news before staff
LOBBY OF UNIVERSITY COUNCIL
LUCU FINANCIAL ACTION GROUP OPEN FORUMS
Hear LUCU’s Financial Action Group’s alternative analysis and the case against compulsory redundancies.
LOCAL CLUSTER MEETINGS ABOUT INSTITUTIONAL TRANSFORMATION
These meetings are to provide an opportunity for members (and non-members) to discuss the local impact of institutional transformation and discuss further strategies to oppose the changes.
Response to Council decision to shut down Vaughan
Support Human Geographers
Human Geographers' success
'Last chance' for 'highly-commended' Vaughan degree!
Professional services staff threatened in ULSB
New business case for grades 1-5 professional services staff in business school
ULT's financial forecasts even further out
From £12m deficit to £14m surplus in just 12 months!

LUCU branch and committee meetings

LUCU committee and Branch meetings. Also listed here are meetings involving branch or committee members. Regional UCU meetings are also listed here. Note that national UCU events and events of interest are on a separate page.
Branch Annual General Meeting Mar 11, 2013 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM To be announced,
Leicester UCU Committee meetings
Departmental representatives are welcome to attend committee meetings. All committee members are too, of course!

Leicester UCU minutes

You will need to login with CFS username and password to see these minutes. Look for a "log in" link in the top right hand corner of the screen. Until you login, the page will declare that it has no items. If the minutes you want to see are not here, please contact the office (ucu@le.ac.uk). At the June 2011 committee meeting it was agreed to make minutes available here once they are approved. These minutes are PDF documents (Adobe Acrobat required). Earlier minutes may be Word 2003 documents (.doc).

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Diary of national events and events of interest

National Conference of University Professors Feb 22, 2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DB,
Lunch and speech prior to AGM.
Cambridge Defend Education Conference Feb 12, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Rooms GR 06/07 in the English Faculty Building, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP,
Join students from Cambridge Defend Education (CDE) and academics from Cambridge Academic Campaign for Higher Education (CACHE) for a broad discussion of next steps in the campaign for public universities.
Defend Public Education Mar 10, 2012 from 10:15 AM to 04:15 PM University of London Union, Malet St.,,
UCU nationally are holding a major conference on the defence of public education in London on Saturday 10 March 2012.
Equality Conferences 2012
Registrations are now open for UCU members to attend the 2012 Annual Equality Conferences. They will be held at UCU Head Office, Carlow Street, London.

Equal Opportunities

Some useful equal opportunities resources.

Leicester UCU's Equal Opportunities Officer is Rashida Vora

The University of Leicester Equalities Unit

Useful Links Relating to Equality can be found below:


ACAS practical guidance on equality legislation

Discrimination: your rights (gov.uk)

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality Challenge Unit
The Equality Challenge Unit promotes equality in the higher education sector

TUC equality resources

UCU equality resources


Atypical workers

The ongoing campaign to improve the rights of atypical workers at the University of Leicester.

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UCU has now fought for over 7 years to protect the employment rights of atypical staff; the term used in this institution to describe those who have been engaged on casual or fees contracts who are typically Associate Tutors, Demonstrators, Teaching Assistants and Hourly Paid Lecturers.

Discussions broke down and we escalated the matter, along with other issues, to a trade dispute in 2013 with our sister unions. We came out of the dispute on the assurance that the University would negotiate with UCU over the employment rights of atypical staff, in accordance with the framework agreement of 2006.

The University continues to refuse to negotiate with UCU on the matter over important issues such as a comprehensive teaching rate, pension rights and procedures relating to such staff (such as dismissal, grievance); it classes the staff it has transferred to Unitemps as workers, not employees and is only offering to consult/listen to us. It is a great shame they have chosen this route, they made great claims about not using the awful Zero Hours Contract route, which UCU welcomed; but have now instead chosen the even worse route for the individuals, and the Institution by making them Agency workers.

Unitemps was never intended to be the means by which atypical staff would be engaged. It was intended to be the means by which students could be engaged to boost their employability and fill short term University operational needs. Atypical workers can make a claim to be directly employed by the University, instead of Unitemps, and this can be found on the atypical project website .

We will continue to campaign on this issue.

FAQs

Joining

How much does it cost to join the UCU?

All of the information that you will need to join the UCU and about the costs involved can be found on the UCU website.

Membership fees are based on income. If you are a postgraduate student you can join for free or at a very low cost.

I'm on a fixed term contract, is there any point in joining the union?

Yes, being a member of the union can give you access to the advice and representation that can make a difference in  improving your employment situation. Also as we negotiate pay and conditions collectively the higher the unions membership the stronger our bargaining position is.

Contacting the union

I would like to speak to the union about a problem I am having. Who do I contact?

Any of the union's activists are available to speak to you about any problems that you may be having. Nothing that you say to any union representative will go any further unless you wish it to. Your first point of contact is your departmental representative, although you are welcome to get directly in touch with a member of the committee if you think that it would be more appropriate. Departmental representatives and committee members are listed on the Contacting LUCU page.


Departmental representatives

What if I have a problem and do not have a departmental representative?

Please contact your College/Professional Services representative or a member of the committee and they will put you in touch with someone who can help with your query.

What if I want to become a departmental representative?

If you do not have a departmental representative and are a member of the UCU, you might like to consider volunteering for the position. Departmental representatives take part in occasional meetings and pass on information to members within their department. They are also the first call for members who have any queries. The position is a rewarding way to help your colleagues and take part in the way your union is run.  Contact ucu@le.ac.uk to find out more or to offer yourself for this role.

Other benefits

As a UCU member do I get free legal support?

UCU generally tries to resolve members' problems through negotiation, usually at a local level. However, in situations that require access to legal support your UCU membership can entitle you to free legal support.

Does union membership gain any discounts with any companies such as insurance?

There is a whole range of benefits, from insurance cover to legal issues. More information on the UCU website.

Message to students regarding marking and assessment boycott

Message to share with students regarding the marking and assessment boycott

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Thanks from Human Geographers!

The Human Geography group at the University of Leicester would like to thank everyone who showed their support for our recent open letter to the University’s Leadership Team about the long-term under-staffing of our group. Within days of issuing this letter, and after years of inaction, the University of Leicester has moved to replace some of the staff positions that have been lost within the Human Geography group.

We are grateful for your support and solidarity. We have been touched and heartened by the many messages which demonstrated how highly our teaching and research is regarded by our students, their parents, alumni of the department, and our fellow academics, internationally. 649 people signed the statement in just a few days.

We are pleased to report that the university has now agreed to fund a three-year Teaching Fellow in Human Geography (who should be in post for Semester 1), two permanent academic positions (who should be in post for Semester 2), with the possibility of a third permanent post being released later in the year (if student recruitment is buoyant this summer). This investment in new staff will help us to deliver our existing teaching commitments to a high quality, and begin to expand our capacity to develop new teaching initiatives, and new research projects.

Thank you for defending education and the workers who deliver it. Please be on the lookout for job announcements soon and join our critical and creative team!

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