Tag Archives: UCU

Second online Convention Meeting, 23 May

Responding to the crisis II: organising to defend Higher Education in the pandemic era (continued) Saturday 23 May, 10am – 12 noon Over 200 colleagues met to regroup and discuss the next steps in the campaign to defend Higher Education. … Continue reading

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Online Convention Meeting Sat 9 May

Responding to the crisis: organising to defend Higher Education in the pandemic era Saturday 9 May, 10am – 12 noon Speakers: John Holmwood and Lee Jones (Campaign for the Public University), Anne Sheppard (Council for Defence of British Universities), Nicola … Continue reading

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This potential University funding crisis is due to unrepayable student loans, not Brexit – Sean Wallis

You have to admire their cheek. Theresa May’s Conservative Government is leaking to the press a policy proposal from a review they commissioned which, if implemented as-is, is likely to prove catastrophic for universities in England, and in the rest … Continue reading

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Is an employer commitment to ‘no detriment’ feasible in the USS dispute? – Sean Wallis

The idea of ‘no detriment’ is such a basic defensive principle of trade unionism that it is surprising sometimes to hear a trade union leader arguing for her members to accept a detriment! Yet in two emails promoting the latest … Continue reading

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Petition for government to act as guarantor to USS – DFE responds

In March, a Government Petition created by members of the Convention for Higher Education was circulated widely and rapidly attracted some 12,000 signatures. The petition wording is below. Accept a role as guarantor to the USS pension scheme The USS … Continue reading

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There is no USS deficit – and here’s my working – Sean Wallis

Published as Mathematical operations with the Normal distribution, corp.ling.stats In my Made in Westminster post I summarised a financial and political analysis of the USS pension deficit. I also run a blog for discussing statistics in corpus linguistics, and it is … Continue reading

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‘No deficit’ letter to Guardian

University pension ‘deficit’ should be addressed by Government guarantee Add your name The University strikes over the future of the USS pension scheme reach a pivotal point this week. The employers’ federation, Universities UK, is deeply divided, with some, like … Continue reading

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