Our 10 Manifesto Commitments

  • Ensuring full implementation of the collective agreement to move teaching members from grade 6 to grade 7 and acknowledgement of previous work within new contracts
  • Protecting our pensions in coordination with national UCU strategy and solidarity with other branches
  • Committee accountability and transparency; regular minuted branch and committee meetings with a focus on inclusion and democratic debate
  • Respecting democracy and members’ preferences; prioritising accurate, full and timely information that allows for reasonable and sensible decision-making, particularly in relation to phase 2 of cuts and changes and in relation to the university’s strategic programme on portfolio review, expectations and workload, strategic alignment and ways of working.
  • Ensuring reasonable workloads for all staff
  • Addressing casualisation and grade drift where those on lower grades are taking on heavy burdens without appropriate resourcing, time or remuneration
  • Challenging the misuse of Campus Jobs, and similar, to hire researchers or other staff on substandard contracts with fewer protections
  • Protecting members’ interests through fair approaches to individual casework and proactive negotiations with management on a collective basis
  • Resisting the introduction of hot-desking and opposing the reduction of office-space
  • Care of our students and opposing the positioning of students as “customers” from whom we can extract revenues in innovative and unethical ways.