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National Student Survey – UCU supports NUS boycott

At our AGM this week, members of Bath UCU gave unanimous support to Bath Students’ Union which has joined the growing move to boycott the National Student Survey (NSS). The background is laid out below in the branch motion and a message from our General Secretary. Branch Officers will now invite Officers of the SU to discuss how members of Bath UCU can best support the student boycott.

UCU has prepared resources, including posters and an FAQ for members. These are available from the national union website.

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University of Bath response to HE Green Paper

Senate has agreed a response to the controversial HE Green Paper, which includes the proposal to introduce a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

TEF: Bath and Bristol UCU branches oppose new Government push to privatise HE

Invitation: From REF to TEF: On the Government’s Plans for Higher Education, Thursday, 21st January 2016, 17:00-18:30, Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building

Dear Bath UCU Member,

Bristol UCU invites you to From REF to TEF: On the Government’s Plans for Higher Education, a panel discussion and Q&A on the future of Higher Education in the wake of the government’s recent proposals.

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From REF to TEF provides a space to debate this direction of travel. What exactly do the Green Paper and coming White Paper mean for the notion of a University? What is to be done in the face of Jo Johnson’s ‘reform’ agenda?

Panellists include
• Sorana Vieru (NUS Vice President, Higher Education)
• Harriet Bradley (UWE and UCU NEC and HEC)
• Jessica Patterson, (PGR Rep, NCAFC)
• Tom Hickey (University of Brighton)

 

Statement from UCU branches at Universities of Bath and Bristol

We endorse comments circulated to branches in the UCU briefing on the Green Paper (November 2015).  However, we call on the HEC at its meeting on 13 January to make a clear statement of opposition to the Teaching Excellence Framework and the role it is intended to play in the further privatisation of higher education.  With HEFCE teaching grant now reduced to 5% of total HE income, we call on the HEC to respond to the consultation by calling for an increase in public spending on university teaching as the only way to guarantee teaching excellence. (more…)