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May, 2013:

Latest on pay and pensions

With UCU Congress taking place next week new reports on the latest state of play on pay and pensions have been produced for delegates to consider.   Your delegates will report back on Congress in early June.


Bath UCU officers held the first of a series of departmental meetings for members on May 16th.  The meeting was in POLIS, which has generated a significant amount of casework from members with individual grievances.  The meeting helped to provide a context for this, and allowed us to think about the individual cases as a collective issue on which we can negotiate with senior management.   Other members might like to compare their own experiences with those of our members in POLIS – please post a reply here.  Future department meetings will be in School of Management and Registry.

People’s Assembly Against Austerity – Bristol Meeting 29th May


Disability leave – employers stall

UCU is one of a number of unions pushing to establish disability leave entitlement for their members.  At the moment if a Bath University employee who is disabled needs to be away from work for reasons related to a disablity, this is counted as sickness absence.   This may mean that someone who has disability-related needs is put on to sickness monitoring that could ultimately lead to their dismissal (more…)

Teaching only contracts – UCU calls for joint review in Bath

During the last year your UCU reps in Bath have raised a number of concerns about staff employed on a range of teaching-only contracts.  These include staff with the job titles of teaching fellow, variable hours teaching fellow, part-time teaching fellow, fractional teaching fellow, casual teaching assistant, GTA.  We have carried out two surveys of staff on teaching only contracts, and these have produced large responses and highlighted a number of common concerns.    We have submitted a summary statement of these concerns to university managers through the formal machinery of negotiation, and we have requested a joint review of the use of teaching only contracts in the university.  We await the Vice Chancellor’s response.

Convention for Higher Education Brighton 24-25 May

At last month’s well attended UCU meeting in Bath, Tom Hickey (UCU National Exec) invited us to send members to a Convention for Higher Education in Brighton on 24/25 May.

UCU Committee has agreed to support this event and to provide support for members who want to attend.   If you are interested in attending this event please contact UCU Secretary Hedley Bashforth before 8th May (more…)

UCU members meeting Wednesday 8th May 1.15 6E2.1


UCU Congress will be held in Brighton at the end of May and will be facing some tough decisions about impact of austerity policies on HE

  • We will also have to take decisions about the future shape and role of UCU.

You can read a summary of the key issues to be discussed, but more important you can have your say at a members meeting on WEDNESDAY 8th MAY  1.15 PM in 6E2.1.    Full details of Congress business can be seen on the main UCU site

Money linked to happiness shock

The Daily Mail reports that a University of Michigan study has found that the higher your income is the happier you are with life.  The magic figure to be ‘very happy’ is  £306,250 a year.