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Aston UCU Branch Secretary's report

The Aston UCU Branch Secretary's report for the upcoming AGM is attached. Please have a look at it before the AGM if you can.

New Aston local UCU rules

We have to adopt new rules (in line with Congress decision last Summer at the AGM). These are attached for you to review. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggested changes.

NUS/UCU Statement on the NSS boycott

As many of you will be aware our ally the National Union of Students (NUS) has called a boycott of the National Student Survey (NSS). The boycott covers all institutions where NSS is distributed and includes higher education (HE) courses that take place within
further education (FE) institutions. The NUS boycott will begin in some institutions from 6 January 2017.

The NUS boycott is in furtherance of their policy that the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which itself uses NSS data, should be
decoupled by the government from any increases in tuition fees.

October Regional Newsletter

The headlines are that our compaign for union recognition in a subsidiary company of Coventry University has won. This is significant because the university used the company to change the conditions of the workers and remove union recognition. With services often being contracted out in the education sector, it is crucial that we do not allow these practices to succeed.

Read about this and other regional activities of the UCU in the attached newsletter.

Comments on the Stern review of the REF

We would like you to provide feedback to the UCU on the recent Stern review of the REF. A UCU document links to the report and other relevant information and summarises the main recommendations. We have attached the document to this news article. There are three main recommendations that the UCU would particularly like your thoughts on so please access the document here and then send your comments to Rob Copeland (rcopeland@ucu.org.uk) by no later than 30 September.