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Union calls for public sector apprenticeship programme as report shows apprentices hit by health crisis

@ucu Union calls for public sector apprenticeship programme as report shows apprentices hit by health crisis  The University and College Union (UCU) has today (Wednesday) called for the government to create a new public sector apprenticeship programme in areas such as health and social care to help lead our economic recovery.

Unions set out five tests government and colleges must meet before staff and students can return

Staff and student safety must be guaranteed before colleges can reopen, said trade unions today (Wednesday) as they set out five tests* that must be met by government and colleges.

Disadvantaged students most likely to miss out under exam plans

Disadvantaged students could be the big losers under new assessment plans to replace exams this summer, warned the University and College Union (UCU) today (Friday).

UCU welcomes move to stop face-to-face prison education during #Coronavirus crisis

@ucu welcomes move to stop face-to-face prison education during the #Covid_19 crisis The University and College Union (UCU) has welcomed the move to suspend prison education as part of a wider prison lockdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Call to suspend face-to-face prison education as staff don’t even have basic handwashing facilities

@UCU calls for immediate suspension of prison education to halt spread of #Coronavirus  Around two-thirds of prison education staff (63%) say hand washing facilities in their prisons are inadequate, despite government guidance which says regular hand washing is crucial to slowing the spread of coronavirus. Classrooms in prisons aren’t being cleaned between lessons, staff have to share pens and equipment with prisoners. 

Labour leadership candidates urged to back lifelong learning recommendations

The next Labour leadership team should make clear commitments to lifelong learning in order to provide voters with a message of hope, members of the Lifelong Learning Commission urged candidates today (Friday). 

Fear of “reputation damage” prompts Russell Group meeting to call for leadership on casualisation

Casual contracts are affecting the physical and mental health of staff and having a negative impact on students’ learning, according to a secret report from universities in the Russell Group.

UCU urges Michelle Donelan to back students’ call for universities to do more to end strikes

@ucu has written to Universities Minister @michelledonelan to back students’ call for universities to do more to end strikes

UCU calls for radical overhaul of university admissions as OfS launches review

It is time for a radical overhaul of how students apply to university, said the University and College Union (UCU) today (Thursday), as the universities’ regulator launched a major review of university admissions.

Union announces 14 strike days at 74 UK universities in February and March

Seventy-four UK universities* will be hit with 14 days of strike action in February and March, the University and College Union (UCU) announced today (Monday). The action will start on Thursday 20 February and escalate each week, culminating with a week-long walkout from Monday 9 to Friday 13 March.

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