The University and College Union (UCU) has confirmed that it intends to take three days of strike action at the end of November, alongside a marking and assessment boycott in the new year.
One of our Deputy Editors for Exeposé sat down with the USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) Pension Officer for Union and University College Union (UCU).
In response to student internships designed to facilitate the transition to a “blended learning” model, the Exeter UCU has accused the University of breaking assurances and exploiting student labour. In a 28 May email, the University of Exeter Education Executive announced ‘Project Enhance’ as the University moves to improve its digital resources to better support […]
University staff members took to the picket lines across Streatham and Penryn today to protest against freefalling working conditions and changes to their pension benefits. The University and Colleges Union (UCU), the largest Higher Education union in the world, have announced eight days of industrial action that will run from 25 November to 4 December. […]
The Students’ Guild have voted to support the UCU cause as a result of an online poll they held. 78% of students have voted to support the cause, with 2,427 students voting. The Guild ran the poll from 11 Nov to 20 Nov, with the multiple choice question “What stance do you have regarding the […]
Life’s nice for the Vice EXETER’S Vice-Chancellor, Sir Steve Smith, is to be paid a massive £830,000 total as part of a special end of career remuneration package. This has been determined by a remuneration committee who have decided that this amount is justified. The package is around double his regular £424,000 salary, which is […]
Discussion began on 2 January about a new valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a pension scheme for university staff. USS are indicating that they are not seeking to implement the recommendations of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP), which was set up by Universities’ UK (UUK) and the University and College Union (UCU) and […]
Members of the University College Union have voted in favour of accepting a set of proposals aimed at ending the ongoing academic pension dispute. Further industrial action (including action short of a strike), planned for the summer turn, has been suspended as 64% of votes expressed favour towards accepting the deal on 13 April. In […]
Exeter UCU have called for the resignation of Sally Hunt, the General Secretary of the UCU. This follows the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which was called on Friday 6th April, where members debated and voted on the offer by the USS and UUK to ballot UCU members on the proposal negotiated by the leadership of […]
On the morning of February 22nd, the first of the fourteen non-consecutive days of striking that have dominated the last four weeks at Exeter, I spoke on the picket line with English lecturer Dr Joe Crawford. Our assembly, guitar-accompanied, had just finished singing the famous and verbose union song ‘Solidarity Forever’, which would become the […]