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

Fill out the QMUCU Covid-19 Attitudes Survey to strengthen our health and safety demands QMUL

This week all of our members received an invitation to fill out the QMUCU Covid-19 Attitudes Survey. Put together by our health and safety representatives, the survey is designed to gather evidence about the issues staff are facing and demonstrate how widely shared these concerns are. It will only take a few minutes to complete, … Continue reading Fill out the QMUCU Covid-19 Attitudes Survey to strengthen our health and safety demands QMUL

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