Month: June 2013

Making a Map of Oxford

Our latest guest blog post is from Chloe Jeffries, membership secretary at the University of Oxford’s UCU branch. Chloe explains how her branch is building a map of their existing and potential membership as a vital tool to help them develop plans for sustainable recruitment: *** Mapping members is an important task. We at Oxford UCU began mapping our members…

Good news on growth from Aberdeen and Lancaster

We’ve had good reports in from our branches at Aberdeen and Lancaster universities. Firstly, Lancaster have sent us a report detailing how they use their regular lists of new starters at the university to develop regular targeted letters of introduction from the union, tailoring them to the employment, contract and discipline of each new starter.…

Guest Post: Contacts, Walkabouts and Branch meetings in London

This week, we feature THREE guest blog entries from London organiser Laura Flynn highlighting the work that three London branches are doing to build their local organisations. Lesoco (formerly Lewisham and Southwark colleges) are imaginatively adapting UCU’s local contacts initiative to their particular institution.  Laura also tells us about how Kingston University UCU have been getting over the fear of…

Embedding ‘Build the Union’ in your communications – examples from London

Popular high profile campaigns are probably our best recruiter and some branches are showing great ingenuity in embedding the objectives of the Build the Union campaign into their communications and campaigns. Here are a few examples sent to us from London. On the back of their successful campaign against attempts to change the university’s statutes,…