How to turn an Inclusion Report into an Exclusion Report

Nearly two years ago Queen Mary comissioned a report into racism and other equalities issues at Queen Mary. Last summer the 'Inclusion Report' with appendices containing testimonies from members of staff was finally produced and presented to the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group. However by the time it was made available to staff, these … Continue reading How to turn an Inclusion Report into an Exclusion Report

Equalities Issues and Institutional Racism at Queen Mary

In 2019 QM UCU, in partnership with QM UNISON, initiated a series of gatherings for protected characteristic groups of staff and students at Queen Mary, in response to concerns about equalities at Queen Mary, the results of the Staff Survey, the BAME / gender pay gap report and Diversity and Inclusion manager Sandra Brown’s resignation … Continue reading Equalities Issues and Institutional Racism at Queen Mary

Only 3 % of UCU members have full confidence in senior management’s response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

There was a great response to the Covid Attitudes Survey which closed last week. Over 360 members of staff completed the survey, which makes it the largest exercise in gauging staff opinion since the start of the pandemic.  The results show widespread overwork, stress, fear, and lack of confidence in senior management. But while the … Continue reading Only 3 % of UCU members have full confidence in senior management’s response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Working toward an anti-racist university, this Friday 13 November 1.30-3pm

QMUCU members are invited to join an Anti-Racism Training and Workshop organised by QMUCU Friday 13 November at 1.30pm London time. In 2019, QMUL’s own Diversity and Inclusion Manager resigned from her post in frustration at the university’s ‘tick box mentality’, its watered-down commitments to equality, and the utter failure to tackle harassent and bullying … Continue reading Working toward an anti-racist university, this Friday 13 November 1.30-3pm

Statement of Solidarity with Prof Gargi Bhattacharyya

QMUCU statement of solidarity with Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya, the other 11 staff members facing forced redundancies and all those threatened by UEL’s restructuring plans  QMUCU has grown increasingly alarmed at the events unfolding at the University of East London since last summer where Covid-19 has been used as a pretext to restructure and roll out … Continue reading Statement of Solidarity with Prof Gargi Bhattacharyya

UCU Special HE sector conference: protecting GTAs work and acknowledging PGRs as members of staff

At our last branch meeting, on September 16th, the branch approved, with none against, a motion to be submitted to the UCU special Higher Education sector conference (HESC) taking place on September 30th. This motion calls on UCU to include demands that Graduate Teaching Associates’ work occur on contracted basis in our national bargaining, and … Continue reading UCU Special HE sector conference: protecting GTAs work and acknowledging PGRs as members of staff

Proposed Terms of Reference for working group on casualisation

Many postgraduate students and early career academics experience precarious and insecure conditions in their teaching and research work. QMUCU want to change that. We have tried for many years to make progress on this.  Below are our Proposed Terms of Reference for a Anti-Casualisation Working Group which we propose should form a sub committee of … Continue reading Proposed Terms of Reference for working group on casualisation

QMUCU branch members support the motion on collective grievance and ending the ‘recruitment freeze’

Please find below the latest QMUCU branch motion, passed at an all members branch meeting on 19 August 2020. The Queen Mary branch of the University and College Union (QMUCU) notes  that: QMUL states ‘that the overarching endeavour of the Queen Mary recruitment policy is to facilitate a transparent, fair and equitable recruitment process for … Continue reading QMUCU branch members support the motion on collective grievance and ending the ‘recruitment freeze’