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Strikes on next week at three West Midlands colleges

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will be on strike next week at Coventry College, City of Wolverhampton College and the Warwickshire College Group in a dispute over pay.

Government review of unconditional university offers “perfect opportunity” for radical overhaul

Responding to calls today (Friday) from education secretary Damian Hinds for a review of university admissions, following controversy over the use of unconditional offers, the University and College Union (UCU) said the review was a perfect opportunity to look at a radical overhaul of how and when students apply to university.

Ten colleges face strike action in third wave of walkouts

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 10 English colleges* will be taking three days’ strike action next week in their fight for fair pay and conditions.

Next week’s strikes off at New College Swindon as deal agreed

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at New College Swindon have called off a three-day walkout due to begin on Wednesday (20 march) after the union agreed a new pay deal with the college.

#SpringStatement: Union calls for free sanitary towels initiative to be extended to universities

The University and College Union (UCU) has welcomed the government’s plan to provide free sanitary products in schools and colleges from September. The union said it now wanted to see the scheme rolled out in universities, as is the case in Scotland.

University of Leeds widening participation officer wins national union presidency

A widening participation officer from the University of Leeds has been elected national president of the University and College Union (UCU). Vicky Blake will serve as vice-president for two years before becoming national president of the union in May 2021.

Students back bailout plans for struggling universities

While most students (83%) are confident their university is in rude financial health, over three-quarters (77%) believe the government should step in if their institution were threatened with closure, according to a report released by Hepi today (7 Mar) Students back bailouts: Students’ views on the financial health of universities.

Newcastle College staff and students celebrate expansion of free sanitary products #IWD2019

International Women’s Day celebrations will mark period poverty campaign victory adoption of new guidance to deal with domestic abuse and with sexual harassment

Anger at job loss plans for Stockport College and Trafford College

Union says plans to put gas and plumbing roles at risk of redundancy is at odds with region’s construction boom 50 jobs threatened with 26 academic jobs at risk across sites in Altrincham, Stretford and Stockport News comes just a year after merger that was supposed to bring stability The University and College Union (UCU) has reacted angrily to news of plans to axe 50 staff at Stockport College and Trafford College. Staff at all three sites in Altrincham, Stretford, and Stockport face redundancy, with 26 teaching jobs at risk.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt resigns for health reasons

The general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU) Sally Hunt has resigned for health reasons. The union’s national executive committee (NEC) will meet on Friday (1 March) to determine the process for the election of her successor.


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