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UCU Branch Secretary Kevin Lightfoot

We are sad to learn that Kevin Lightfoot, UCU Branch Secretary of the Northern Region’s Retired members branch, has passed away. Kevin was a long serving and well respected Branch Officer at Sunderland College for many years for UCU and NATFHE. He will be missed. Funeral notice and obituary: bmdsonline.co.uk/evening-chronicle-&-the-journal/obituary/kevin-lightfoot/53569842   Iain Owens Regional Official…

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Mental Health Awareness Week : 14th-20th May 2018

    Message from UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt to branches:   UCU is committed to achieving improved mental health support for members and branches are encouraged to ensure that institutions address the workplace issues that can attribute to poor mental health such as increased workloads, stress, bullying and harassment.     Mental Health Awareness week…

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UCU and UNISON Response to consultation document regarding the proposed merger of Redcar & Cleveland College & Stockton Riverside College

        April 2018   The recognised Joint Trade Unions (UCU and UNISON) respond to the proposed merger of Redcar & Cleveland College and Stockton Riverside College (“the Colleges”) as follows.   Background and Introduction Since December 2017, the Joint Trade Unions (JTUs) have held regular “Merger Consultation” meetings with senior managers and…

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UCU Sunderland College day 2 of strike action : 23rd April

Sunderland College is a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC). This year’s pay recommendation from the AoC was for a 1% increase, once again much lower than inflation. Even in colleges that have agreed to all of the AoC’s recommended pay increases since 2009, staff are now 24.7% worse off than they were in…

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UCU Branch Chair Ashley Tiffen : University of Cumbria Lecturer of the year!

  Huge congratulations to UCU Branch Chair Ashley Tiffen for winning lecturer of the year at Cumbria University. A great illustration of the fact that active trade unionists represent educational goals that genuinely matter rather than managerialist spin and PR. Well done Ashley Regards Terry Murphy (Chair on behalf of ) UCU Northern Region Executive    

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Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin, Durham University

We have been made aware of the case of an academic at Durham University today – Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin It appears that he has been given 14 days to leave the country as his appeal to have his visa renewed has been turned down. He has been told that he has spent too many days out…

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