Covid-19

UCU at Anglia Ruskin University are working hard on behalf of all members during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read about our work below, get in touch with the Branch Chair, and sign up now. You can also read here, and at the bottom of this page, the advice that UCU is offering to members who may face an Occupational Health Referral based on their concerns regarding returning to campus.

UCU at Anglia Ruskin University Branch was the first branch in the UK to declare a dispute regarding the management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On September 8th the Branch Executive unanimously invoked the dispute mechanism, under the terms of our recognition agreement with the University. On September 10th members endorsed the decision at the largest branch meeting ever at ARU.

Read the Declaration of Dispute sent to our Vice Chancellor on 8th September here.

You can also read here our response to Chief Operating Officer, James Rolfe, regarding our concerns about the return to campus.

On September 24th, after a series of difficult but productive negotiations, a settlement was reached.

Read the Resolution of Dispute signed on 24th September here.

Following an increase in cases at universities across the UK, and the Government’s announcement that both Essex and London have been placed into Tier 2 restrictions, the UCU Branch Executive wrote to the Vice Chancellor to urge that more of our teaching and campus-based work be moved online. The full letter to the VC can be viewed here.

On 18th October, it was brought to the Branch’s attention that an Associate Lecturer (and member of UCU) who had been conducting face to face teaching had contracted Covid. In response, we wrote to our Vice Chancellor with a number of concerns. These ranged from the advice given to staff that they should carry on ‘business as usual’ if there is an infection, to those in more precarious contracts feeling less secure about speaking out against the pressure to deliver face to face teaching.

The letter can be read in full here, and the response from James Rolfe (our Chief Operating Officer) on 20th October here.

ARU is now referring some employees who do not feel safe returning to campus, who have identified themselves or members of their family as being at very high/high risk, or have expressed health and safety concerns at returning to campus, to its Occupational Health Service (OHS). You can read here the advice that UCU is offering to members who may face such a referral.