There central UCU membership system is currently off-line. UCU is moving to a new, easier to use, online membership account system. We’re expecting the new system to be up and running shortly.
You can join UCU by phone 0333 207 0719 or by filling in a paper form available from your local UCU rep or the UCU office, 7.51 EC Stoner Building.
UCU advice on working in the UK for members who aren’t UK nationals is available through the UCU support centre web pages.
As well as general advice explaining terms and processes, individual legal advice is available for members through the support centre.
For problems relating to the University of Leeds it may be best to request a local UCU caseworker first by emailing email@example.com.
We’re making some updates to the website during August so there may be some temporary faults and mismatches. If there is any content you can’t access, or if you spot any problems which are still there in September, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members elected to the UCU committee for the 2017-2018 academic year are in post from today.
The committee members for this year are:
Elected committee officers
President: Vicky Blake
Vice-president: Tim Goodall
Treasurer: Nigel Bubb
Honorary secretary: Brendon Nicholls
Recruitment and membership secretary: Ben Plumpton
Equality secretary: Gabriella Alberti
Campaigns secretary: Lesley McGorrigan
Health and safety secretary: Neil Maughan
Elected committee members
The committee can appoint up to four additional committee members, and will be emailing members to seek nominations for those posts.
There were an unusually high number of nominations for men when we asked for nominations before the annual general meeting, so if you’re thinking about whether to nominate someone or seek nominations for one of the four posts, please bear this in mind.
(*The incoming committee has agreed Simon Hewitt will fill the elected vacancy created by Anna Fleming leaving the university for another job, this is subject to approval of the next ordinary general meeting.)
Leeds UCU committee is concerned that university management have taken down many posters about our statutes dispute from all over the campus – even from individual office doors and official union noticeboards. It’s important that members and non-members continue to see the posters around to remind them the dispute is still going on. We need the help of UCU members to keep the dispute visible.
Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to adopt a poster space near you. This could be your own office door or outward facing window, a noticeboard in a staff area in your department, or a public noticeboard in a nearby corridor. Somewhere you visit or go past often. Then we’d like you to put a dispute poster up, and check every now and again that it’s still there, and replace it if it gets taken down. Obviously we wouldn’t advise putting a poster on a notice board designated for another specific purpose, or anywhere inappropriate, but hopefully you can find a suitable space.
Please print off your own posters if you can. You can download one at: poster: industrial action continues (graphic)
If you can’t print them off you can collect a poster from the UCU office, 7.51 EC Stoner. (Best to phone 35904 to check there’s someone in.)
Please let us know if a poster is removed from your office door or a UCU noticeboard, or from a general use noticeboard (unless everything else has been taken off the general use noticeboard as part of a cleanup).
We’ve had quite a few non-members telling us they are concerned about the proposed new statutes, particularly the potential effect on academic freedom. So we’ve made another poster to encourage them to join UCU to help us in the campaign, to print off and put up next to the other one if there’s room: defend academic freedom: join UCU (PDF)