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Queen Margaret University wins UCU Scotland branch organising award

UCU president Rob Goodfellow was delighted to present the new Scotland branch organising award to Queen Margaret branch reps at UCU Scotland Congress on 31 March. Rob presented the award to Mari Giatsi Clausen, Fiona O’May and Jeremy Valentine, the QMU delegates to the Congress. The QMU branch has been rewarded for its significant effort…

UCU Aberdeen reps meet Scotland’s First Minister

Union reps from UCU’s Aberdeen branch formed part of a trade union group who met with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP at the Scottish Parliament on 30 March 2017. UCU’s Mike McConnell and David Watts represented the Aberdeen UCU branch committee, who received the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Organising Reps Award at the…

Membership growth at HMP Altcourse

For a number of years there has been only two UCU members at HMP Altcourse and no reps or contacts.  Now we have twenty one.  How did this happen? The change started less than 12 months ago when new members joined who were keen to get involved.  UCU’s Novus prison branch chair, Brian, visited the…

Communication ideas from Northern Ireland

SERC Throughout recruitment week, in the Northern Ireland region, we set up stalls in several of the FE Colleges so both members and non-members could come speak to us, and find out about the union.  We spoke to numerous people throughout the course of the day and distributed literature which raised the profile of the…

Branch newsletters boost profile of Edinburgh UCU

Edinburgh UCU has been raising its profile and increasing its membership by producing regular branch newsletters using newsletter templates available here over on the branch toolkit page. The templates make it very easy to produce newsletters and the guide to content is very helpful.  Distributing newsletters provides an opportunity to talk to colleagues either about…

Highlights from #anticas16

Recruiting new members to the union is one of the most difficult tasks that activists can do. Reps still get a sinking feeling when it comes to door knocking rounds or membership drives despite many years of experience. Building the recruitment capability of a branch is like flexing a muscle. It can take time to…