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Deal agreed to end long-running dispute at Bradford College

College agrees to rule out compulsory redundancies and award staff an extra five days’ annual leave

UCU members back strikes over both pensions and pay and conditions

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) working in UK universities have backed strike action in ballots over both pensions and pay and working conditions.

UCU welcomes Justice Select Committee’s call for more stable prison education contracts

The University and College Union (UCU) has today (Thursday) welcomed calls from the Justice Select Committee for more stable prison education contracts and increased training for prison governors, but said bolder reform is needed to ensure prison educators are able to do their jobs effectively.

High unconditional dropout rate shows need for university admissions reform

New figures showing that students who received unconditional offers are more likely to drop out of university highlight the need for an overhaul of university admissions, the University and College Union (UCU) said today (Wednesday).

UCU calls on Home Office to review decision to deport Leicester-based academic

The University and College Union (UCU) has today (Tuesday) called on the Home Office to urgently review its decision to deport Leicester-based academic Dr Furaha Asani to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Black academic staff face double whammy in promotion and pay stakes, according to new figures

Black and minority ethnic (BME) staff in universities are less likely to hold senior jobs and are paid less than their white colleagues, according to new analysis released today (Tuesday) by the University and College Union (UCU)

Stop spinning and start talking on pay and pensions, UCU urges employers

The University and College Union (UCU) has today (Wednesday) urged university employers to “stop spinning and start talking” on pay and pensions.

Striking Nottingham College staff announce 14 more strike dates for November

Nottingham College will be hit with another 14 strike days from Tuesday 5 November after striking staff today (Tuesday) announced plans for further action after half-term, and accused the college of reneging on promises over workloads.

Petition in support of striking staff at Nottingham College staff tops 1,200 signatures

A petition calling for fair contracts at Nottingham College has reached over 1,200 signatures, as staff are due to walk out again today (25 Sept) in their seventh day of strike action as part of a dispute over the imposition of new contracts.

Nottingham College staff to walk out again on Monday out as mammoth 15-day action enters third week

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Nottingham College will begin a three-day walkout on Monday (23 September) as strikes at the college enter their third consecutive week.

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