Following a request by UCU, Unite and Unison, the university has agreed to open the staff assistance fund to staff affected by the floods which badly affected some local areas from Boxing Day. To apply to the University of Leeds staff assistance fund contact Jill Nimmo in the staff benefits team on 0113 3434138 (internal: 34138) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the fund see the staff assistance fund page on the university website. If you weren’t flooded but would like to help, you can donate to the flood relief funds, see: • Calderdale – https://localgiving.com/appeal/Flooding • Leeds – https://www.justgiving.com/leeds-flood-relief-appeal/ • York – https://www.gofundme.com/nxgg5xdg • Bingley – https://www.gofundme.com/ewgzjbc4
Join us for a discussion about the government’s recent Green Paper on Higher Education, including the effects of opening up universities to private providers, new forms of measurement for ‘teaching excellence’ as well as research, raising fees, deregulation, attacks on local statutes and academic freedom … and OUR RESPONSE TO IT. Monday 11 January, 5pm–6.30pm Workshop Theatre Studio 1, University of Leeds Speakers: Liz Lawrence, National President of UCU, on the implications of a rapid growth in the number of private for-profit providers of higher education Professor Paul Kleiman, senior consultant (Higher Education) at Ciel Associates, on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) The meeting is open to all staff and students of all local HE institutions. Link to the government consultation paper and questions: gov.uk/government/consultations/higher-education-teaching-excellence-social-mobility-and-student-choice Update: you may be interested in the powerpoint presentation given by UCU national president Liz Lawrence at that meeting: The Green Paper on HE and Privatisation
The UCU anti-casualisation ‘choir’ has been out carolling on several occasions, despite the weather. Our alternative wordings seem to ring a bell with passing staff and students! Try singing along to your favourite Christmas CD with these splendid lyrics. Our DIY anti-casualisation baubles have also been unexpectedly appearing on Christmas trees all over campus. If you’d like some for your own tree, here’s the template to download (best printed onto thin coloured card): job security baubles Anti-casualisation carol lyrics To the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas: We wish we were permanent (x3) It would make our New Year! We don’t want zero hours contracts (x3) It would make our New Year. Away in a Manger These zero hours contracts Make people so mad Good money they once earned Now they have been had. The bosses in their world, With their sky high pay, And all the stressed workers In utter dismay Silent Night Zero hours We have no powers Future plans Turning sour Managers’ wages rocket sky high Isn’t it time we all asked why? Time for action is here Time for action is here
We’re having an open meeting on university IT to discuss: Manchester University UCU’s vote to strike over major outsourcing of IT services. Dr Adam Ozanne, president of University of Manchester UCU, is coming over to talk to us about the background to their dispute and what they hope to do. Issues affecting IT staff and all IT users at Leeds. Monday 7 December 1pm – 2pm, Roger Stevens LT03 (7.03) Open to UCU members, all staff and students.