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February, 2017:

Plymouth UCU Branch Bulletin – February

  1. Brexit – Support for EU and International StaffIn the wake of the recent Parliamentary vote on Brexit, a number of members from EU countries have voiced concern about the impact of Brexit on themselves and their families. The Union raised this formally at the JCC in February and we received a positive response from the University who are looking at the support that they can provide to staff. In the meantime the UCU is offering a range of support and advice – you can access the FAQs and contact information for this service here.Also the UCU is taking part in ‘One Day Without Us’ taking place on 20th Feb which is aimed at celebrating the role played by all international staff and students. We will have a stall in Roland Levinsky between 12pm and 3pm – please visit us to show your support or to discuss the particular problems that you are facing. You can also find out more about this here.


  1. CEP Survey and Report – the University are considering the CEP report prepared by the Union and a meeting of the Teaching Consultative Committee will be held on 31st March at which this will be discussed. We’ll keep you informed of any further developments.


  1. Associate Lecturers – we are still in negotiations with the University over the potential for a move from casualised contracts for ALs who have long-lasting and sustained teaching commitments at the university. Further meetings to discuss these agreements are scheduled for March. In the meantime it is always useful for us to have the most comprehensive picture of the issues affecting ALs, so we would welcome communication with any members on their particular situation (especially if you have been employed for more than two years). Please contact the Branch Chair, Richard Saundry on


  1. Content Capture – members have raised concerns about being obliged to have lectures recorded. We know that in some areas this has become common practice and is often popular with students and staff. However, staff should not be compelled to have their lectures recorded, as Content Capture is currently running as an opt-in resource for teaching. There is an agreed policy on this issue which makes this clear, along with a range of other safeguards for staff using this technology. The Union has also agreed with the University to set up a working group to monitor and resolve any issues that arise from the roll out of content capture.