Campaigns

Industrial Action: 2013 pay and conditions campaign

Submitted by admin on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 17:25

Aston UCU committee is asking members to take part in the industrial action for improved pay and conditions. See the UCU national office leaflet at the bottom of this article for more information about the pay situation and why the UCU called for a vote on strike action and action short of a strike. There was a clear majority in favour of both and it is important that the Aston branch accepts and supports the democratic outcome.

Research Evaluation Framework (REF)

Submitted by admin on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 16:58

As the REF draws to a conclusion, please let us know your experiences, good or bad. Aston University has been clear that people will not be be penalised in any way as a result of the REF, especially with respect to whether or not they have been included. We welcome this but are keen to ensure that there are no individual departments where a different attitude is being espoused. If you feel you have been unfairly treated, then please get in touch with us.

Save our nursery

Submitted by admin on Sat, 04/17/2010 - 08:25

Aston Nursery is under threat once again. Members will remember that the nursery moved onto the Matthew Boulton site three years ago. Matthew Boulton are now ending their nursery provision for students. As a result, Aston is reviewing our own nursery provision.

UCU believes that campus nurseries are an essential service for students and staff and we are working with other campus unions and nursery staff to save the nursery.

Student qualification funding cuts - the issue

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 19:30

In September 2007 the government announced that, from 2008, it proposes to withdraw £100m of funding for students studying for a higher education qualification equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification (ELQ) that they have already been awarded

These plans for students contradict the government's own lifelong learning agenda and will hit universities offering courses to adults and part-time students the hardest.

Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 16:32

Rising charges and course cut backs have seen two million learners' places lost from further and adult education in England since 2005. Now groups representing students, staff and local communities have come together to campaign for the right of everyone to access to learning irrespective of class, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, asylum status or employment.

Student qualification funding cuts - the issue

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 17:35

In September 2007 the government announced that, from 2008, it proposes to withdraw £100m of funding for students studying for a higher education qualification equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification (ELQ) that they have already been awarded

These plans for students contradict the government's own lifelong learning agenda and will hit universities offering courses to adults and part-time students the hardest.

Fighting privatisation in tertiary education

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 17:20

We have one of the fastest growing private sectors in Europe and the level of private investment in tertiary education in the UK is already far above the EU and OECD averages.

UCU is opposed to the privatisation of tertiary education. We think that the interests of our members, of the students and parents who are at the heart of education and of the wider society we serve, are best served by an education system that is funded and controlled by the public and that is democratically accountable to the citizens of the UK.

Stamp Out Casual Contracts

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 16:18

Image removed.UCU has a long history of fighting casualisation and demanding fair treatment for all our members and we know that campaigns against casualisation are supported by all our members - not just those who are directly affected.

Casualisation in all its forms is a blight to further and higher education bringing with it inefficiency, inequality and personal stress.