The Case for Targeted Action and a Summer Marking Boycott to Maximise Our Leverage at the Bargaining Table * * * We have been heartened to see the ongoing debate about UCU’s industrial action strategy and hope that this marks the beginning of a shift in the union away from partisan infighting towards honest, substantiveContinue reading “Strategic Action Gets the Goods!”
Dave Harvie discusses how to make strike reporting a force for disruption against the employers.
Note: This post discusses some matters from the UCU HEC meeting on 12 May 2022. Most of that meeting is highly confidential, but we checked with the chair that it was ok to share this bit and she confirmed that it was fine as it is not directly and immediately related to the disputes. I’mContinue reading “We’re Fighting The Chaos”
summarized by Ben Pope It’s been just over a year since we published our first post, which marked the transition of our community from an informal discussion group to a fully fledged organising effort to bring about the change that we want to see within UCU and in post-16 education in the UK. Here’s aContinue reading “UCU Commons Blogs: 2021”
Fostering collective care involves working together to create opportunities for rediscovering joy in what we do, as a priority need – without this joy, where do we find the necessary reserves to push for better higher education?
The following post is a short summary of the debate over ‘Student Number Controls’ in Higher Education. Readers can find a longer appendix of articles linked at the bottom of the piece. It is the first in a series of ‘TL;DR’ short explainers that UCU Commons will publish. *Note: This TL;DR was compiled by BijanContinue reading “TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read): Student Number Controls”
Forward from Mark Pendleton, on why we are inviting representatives to sign this statement once again: “LGBT+ inclusion has been at the heart of our union’s politics for many years. We have also often led the trade union movement, being willing to defend LGBT+ members’ rights to safety and respect in work and beyond, andContinue reading “Reissued: Candidate statement on transgender inclusion and academic freedom”
Members of UCU Commons come from diverse backgrounds and vastly differing levels of experience within UCU. Some of us have been active within UCU for many years, others since the USS Strikes in 2018, and yet more within in the last year or two. Our varying levels of experience within our Union to date areContinue reading “UCU Commoners: What We’ve Been Doing”
by Ben Pope The institutional solidity which we associate with the ideal university is produced only through successful management of the enormous risks involved in the creation of knowledge. Yet the modern university has abdicated its responsibility for managing these risks, and prefers instead to offload them on to the shoulders of its own staff.Continue reading “Precarity, Risk, and Hypocrisy in the Modern University”
The 2021-22 round of elections for UCU’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will open on Thursday 27 January 2022 and close on Tuesday 1 March 2022. UCU Commons is putting forward the following candidates.