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Macclesfield College threatened with unfair dismissal warnings as 8 staff are axed

The University and College Union (@UCU) today (Friday) said Macclesfield College (@MaccCollegeNews) was at risk of unfair dismissal claims if it did not reinstate staff it sacked without notice on Tuesday (1 December). The union said the college’s actions have reduced teaching staff for over 100 students and put livelihoods at risk just before Christmas.

Further education unions express outrage at pay offer and breakdown of trust in employers

Trade unions representing staff in English further education colleges have today (Thursday) slammed the decision by the Association of Colleges (@AoC_info) to offer a 1% pay increase and demanded to know what additional government funding had been spent on. 

Government U-turn on in-person teaching at universities is a “step forward”, says UCU

The University and College Union (@UCU) yesterday (Wednesday) said the government U-turn on online learning was an important “step forward” after months of campaigning for non-essential in-person teaching to be moved online. The union was responding to government guidance for students on returning to university after the Christmas break, which includes plans for online teaching to be the default until at least 8 February (2021) and for further use of mass testing. Earlier this term, universities Minister Michelle Donelan had said she expected in-person teaching to continue during the Covid pandemic. The DfE then told universities to move online from 3 December to allow students to be tested and leave university for the Christmas holidays. 

Government testing plan for students is ‘recipe for chaos’, says UCU

Student mass testing programme to begin tomorrow (Monday) and run until 9 December Student “travel window”  from 3 December to 9 December UCU says the testing and travel window plans are chaotic; rather than containing the virus, they risk spreading it The union has  progressed its legal action against the Westminster government to try to prevent a repeat of September’s turmoil The University and College Union (UCU) today (Sunday) raised “grave concerns” about the Westminster Government’s plans for student movement over the Christmas holidays. It said plans for mass-testing, which begin tomorrow, and a pre-Christmas student evacuation were a “recipe for chaos” and risked a repeat of September’s student travel turmoil. 

UCU says time has come for significant pay rise in further education

@ucu says time has come for significant pay rise in Further Education   

Matt Waddup speaks to FE News about Lifelong Learning Commission


UCU: Government policy leads to staff sack threat at Covid hit Wiltshire College

Wiltshire College has threatened to sack staff to meet government conditions for a loan. The University and College Union (@UCU) today (Friday) said the conditions were ‘offensive’, and fly in the face of government promises to support colleges as part of the levelling up agenda.  

Government guidance for student Christmas return 'riddled with holes’, says UCU

The University and College Union (@UCU) today (Wednesday) said government plans to get students home for Christmas were welcome but flaws in the guidance were a sad reflection of a government that has consistently failed to move fast enough to contain Covid. The union was responding to plans for a student travel window from 3 to 9 December in which students will return home from university.

Almost a quarter of prospective students fear their university could go bust as a result of Covid-19 crisis

@UCU says government financial support needed to address student anxiety about Covid-19 damage to their studies  Almost a quarter (23%) of prospective university students fear that the university they wish to study at this year could go bust because of the Covid-19 crisis, warns a new survey released today (Wednesday) by the University and College Union (UCU).

Protect universities and colleges now so they can lead recovery

@UCU calls on colleges and universities to work together in the wider national interest  Union says UK cannot afford to sack key staff at a time when education will be a key driver of recovery, seven-point plan calls for funding protection and support for jobs to retain academic capacity.


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