Once again, during our forthcoming strike action, Leeds UCU will be running ‘teach outs’ to offer alternative knowledge to our students. These could be presentations, discussions, creative labs, guest speakers, performances or other activities, both in the Quaker Centre and around Leeds. We’re keen to have sessions on any of the topics of our disputes and related issues: pensions, pay, equality, gender, disability, migration, casualisation, workload, sustainability and more, but your topic can be anything you like! Proposals from all members are welcome: add your proposal to the shared spreadsheet at https://tinyurl.com/vn7ot7t by this Friday, 14th February, and we will pull them together into a programme next week. We can usually provide a data projector and speakers, but if you’d like any other equipment, you need to be able to provide it yourself! NB we’re really keen to give everyone who wants to a chance to run teach-out sessions, but we are limited for time-slots, so please don’t be offended if we can’t fit your session in. Priority will be given to people who offered papers and were left out in the last strike, and after that to ensuring a broad range of subjects and participants.
There is a Youth Climate Strike taking place in Leeds this Friday (14 February). Whilst we have not organised a formal march this time, the branch continues to support the climate strikes and members are encouraged to support them. Many of us will be at the march and events. (Timings are below.) Student – staff coalition for the climate Last year, the University of Leeds published seven principles it will adopt in order to transition to a low carbon future and start tackling the climate crisis on campus. But what exactly are these principles, and how can we make sure the University of Leeds actually sticks to them? During the recent UCU strikes, a group of students and UCU members met to discuss the possibility of creating a student-staff coalition to hold the University of Leeds to account on its climate pledges. We want as many people involved as possible, so please join us for our first meeting on 18 February, where we’ll be getting to know each other, figuring out what this coalition will look like, and how we are going to take our aims forward. Full details of the meeting at https://www.facebook.com/events/857624224665058/ Timings for youth climate strike action … continue reading
We’ve just heard that UCU general secretary Jo Grady is speaking in Leeds on Friday 21 February (the second day of our strike action) from 1pm-3pm, in the Henry Moore Suite, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA, followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments from 12.30pm. Please email the Regional Office to confirm if you are able to attend. Hope to see you picketing in the morning beforehand!
Leeds UCU needs someone with good design skills to make our local leaflets, stickers and posters more attractive and engaging, both immediately for the forthcoming strikes and more long term too for general resources. Could this be you? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds UCU at our General Meeting on 22nd January agreed to work with the Equality Trust to develop and run a survey of Leeds UCU members, to provide evidence supporting our negotiations with the university on pay gaps. See http://www.leedsucu.org.uk/members-make-dispute-decisions-at-extraordinary-general-meeting/ (motion 3). A working group is being set up for this, co-convened by Dima Barakat Chami (our branch Equality Officer) and Jane Holgate. If you would like to join the working group, please contact Jane Holgate (email@example.com).