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University employers reject UCU pension proposals

28 February 2022

Universities have rejected out of hand union proposals to secure the future of their pension scheme. This has angered the union and raises the stakes in the ongoing wider dispute about university pay and conditions.

UCU steps up pensions and pay action

16 February 2022

Staff at 44 universities are on strike this week after university employers refused to withdraw cuts to the Universities Superannuation Scheme or accept the University and College Union's compromise proposals.

Training professionals during the pandemic

12 October 2020

Professional training must continue despite the current pandemic. The need for essential face to face teaching must not be overlooked, otherwise students will be delayed in qualifying and entering the workforce.

Open University retreats on Cuba embargo

11 December 2017

The Open University has now agreed to admit students from Cuba after criticism from educational unions and others – reversing its view that it could not go against the USA.

New tech university for Hereford

7 December 2017

The government is giving up to £15 million over three years to support the establishment of a new, private, tech university to be based at a campus in Hereford city centre. 

Action spreads in universities

31 May 2016

University academic staff in the University and College Union began their campaign of industrial action with two-day strike on 25 and 26 May. More action will follow.

Higher education union ballots on 'final' pay offer

16 June 2015

University and College Union members in higher education across Britain are currently being consulted on the “full and final” offer for 2015-16 made to the union by the University and Colleges Employers Association.

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