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Model communications for rolling strikes

Putting on a programme of rolling strikes presents its own challenges to branches in mobilising and sustaining the support and commitment of members. It may not be possible to call meetings with the kind of regularity needed to support a weekly rolling strike action campaign for example. That makes good communications even more important in…

Reflecting on two-hour strikes so far…and planning the next

This article is reblogged from our ‘Fair Pay in Education’ site because we think it is wider interest to branches contemplating programmes of short-duration strike action… UCU’s first two short-duration strikes have given our branches invaluable experience in adapting ideas and seeing what works for their own membership and their own institutions. It’s not always…

Build your branch with UCU Training

With more and more bargaining taking place at local level, it’s more important than ever that branches have plenty of reps with the training necessary to deal with their employers. Whether you are a new or more experienced UCU rep, our training programme will give you all the skills, information and support you need to get the most out of the role, both for your members, and yourself. UCU takes its activist training programme extremely seriously and every effort is made to ensure all our materials reflect the scope and depth of knowledge our reps require.

The UCU programme begins with introductory courses that are designed to equip newer reps with the necessary competence and confidence to deal with the challenges and opportunities that the role presents. The introductory courses cover the essentials of UCU’s structure, facility time, branch organising and campaigning along with practical advice and tips from experienced professionals. These courses are also open to more experienced reps who perhaps have not completed training in the past, or who would like to update their skills. We would normally recommend that reps update their skills every five years in order to keep abreast of current legislation and practice.

Getting the Vote Out in the Higher Education pay ballot

This week we feature a post from Justine Stephens, UCU’s Head of Campaigns on how some of our branches are working to build a big turnout in the national HE pay ballot: *** One of the inspiring parts of the current ballot in higher education has been the extent to which branches are taking and…

UCU – Organising in Oxbridge

Oxbridge is different. Not in the way the university managements like to think perhaps, but even for UCU, organising at these universities presents particular challenges. Both are very decentralised universities with heavy concentrations of researchers, particularly in sciences, struggling for stable career paths in ‘elite’ institutions. So the trick for UCU’s activists in Oxford and…

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…