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UCU and Anglia Ruskin University conclude historic Collective Agreement to address wellbeing and workloads

 UCU is delighted to announce the conclusion of an historic Collective Agreement with Anglia Ruskin University, which represents a major investment in supporting the work of academics and a clear break with excessive workloads.    While negotiations were prolonged and at times difficult, UCU acknowledges the sincerity and commitment of university leaders to address our

UCU secure landmark Collective Agreement with ARU

Further to the declaration of an Official Dispute on June 29th and escalation up to Stage II of the Disputes Resolution Procedure, UCU is pleased to announce, following the intervention of the Vice Chancellor, a Collective Agreement has been reached. Click here to see the agreement.

Message for members on fixed term, hourly paid employment contracts

As the academic year draws to a close, here is a message for all members and colleagues who are currently employed on a fixed-term, hourly paid contract i.e. a contract that has a fixed end date or will end on completion of a specific project or the occurrence of some other specific event. The message

UCU declares dispute with Anglia Ruskin University over wellbeing and health and safety

Despite our numerous attempts to reach an amicable settlement, the position adopted by the University leaves us with no choice but to hereby give notice to Anglia Ruskin University that under the terms of our Recognition Agreement, an official dispute is declared with immediate effect. Under the terms of Dispute Resolution in our Recognition Agreement

UCU call for urgent negotiations with ARU Management

UCU at ARU have called for urgent negotiations with ARU Management in light of ongoing issues of staff dissatisfaction and overwork as highlighted in recent staff surveys. ARU UCU wishes the University to succeed. There are senior managers who do inspire confidence. Elsewhere, there are problems. The letter from our Branch Executive to the Vice

UCU welcome appointment of new Director of HR

Colleagues will have heard that Janis Westely will be joining ARU as the new Director of HR. We have spoken with friends and trusted UCU colleagues at City University, from where Janis will be joining us and are delighted to hear positive assessments about our new Director of HR.  Here are some of the comments:

Victimisation of UCU officers overturned

UCU representatives, who have been raising concerns about workloads, bullying and health and safety, have recently had a vexatious grievance mounted against them and presented without a shred of evidence. The Branch Executive made clear this is intolerable. After meeting UCU, University leaders have decided no action will be taken against any of our officers

Solidarity to colleagues at the University Of Leicester

Colleagues at the University of Leicester are shaping for a strike following news that the university plans to make up to 145 staff members redundant. These redundancies would include ‘critical workers’ such as library staff and maintenance staff, who were essential to campus infrastructure during the pandemic. Others at risk include researchers with a strong

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