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The UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK. If you are not already a member, Please join the UCU here because it does not cost much and is the only way to protect jobs and services.
UCU today said it agreed with government ambitions to increase the number of students in our universities and to widen participation from groups traditionally excluded. However, the union said government plans at the expense of funding for students wishing to return to university (ELQ students) were not acceptable.
UCU today hit out at government plans to change the way university courses are funded.
Responding to news that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is to press ahead with controversial plans to no longer fund people seeking to do a higher education qualification at an equivalent level to a one they already have, UCU warned the move would create confusion and instability.
UCU said today that controversial government plans to axe degree funding for a huge swathe of higher education students must now be scrapped.
The call comes after an influential parliamentary committee concluded that 'the decision to cut funding was insufficiently justified either by persuasive analysis of its likely effectiveness in achieving the desired goals or evidence of the likely wider impact of the policy.'
The government's response to a highly critical parliamentary committee report on cuts in funding for second-time higher education students was arrogant and contradictory, UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said today.
Commenting on the government's response to the report of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee on withdrawal of funding for equivalent or lower level qualifications (ELQs), UCU condemned the refusal of the government to back down.
UCU argues world has changed dramatically since 'calamitous' decision to axe access to second chance courses.
UCU said today that tomorrow's budget is the opportunity the government needs to reverse a 'calamitous' funding cut to university degrees. The union says that the original decision, taken before the country plunged into recession, to remove funding for people looking to study a second university degree looked even more ridiculous when people desperately need to retrain or reskill.
Aims and Objects
To protect and promote the professional interests of members individually and collectively, to regulate the conditions of their employment and the relations between them and their employers, and to safeguard their interests;
To promote Adult, Further and Higher Education and research;
To provide and maintain such services to members as may be approved by National Congress or the National Executive Committee from time to time;
To promote equality for all including through: