Those of you with a car parking permit will be handing your forthcoming 1% pay increase (December) back to the University (from January) in the form of increased parking costs, especially those on lower incomes who will pay a higher proportion of salary. Those of us who use the train will see a 1% increase in rail fares. The UCU and other unions petitioned the University about the hikes in car parking fees, but we have not been invited to any consultation on the matter before minor adjustments were made to the proposals. We have been invited now to discuss ‘reasonable adjustments’ processes. The day rate is now going up to £7. The argument will no doubt be that this is the market rate. We would respond that we are not the market, we are staff driving in our expertise to the workplace. The Woodhouse Lane car park offers a day rate at £6. Be in no doubt, you are regarded by your employer as a source of income. The car parking increases will raise in the region of an additional £300,000 in one year alone. …continue reading
Members of the Leeds Migration Research Network have written an open letter to the university’s vice-chancellor (below). The letter calls for the University to provide an effective response to the current international migrant crisis and highlights a series of priority areas. In particular it calls on the Vice Chancellor to: • establish a set of scholarships for asylum seeking students, • remove overseas charges for students in the asylum system. • deliver the aims and objectives of the Access Agreement with special reference to refugees and asylum seekers. • publicly support the Action for ESOL campaign and promote appropriate ESOL provision for adult migrants • actively encourage and resource the building of links between University Faculties and Schools and refugees charities The network want to encourage all staff and students to add their signatures to the letter to increase pressure on the university to do more. To add your name to the letter follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Tm0Q-WhOZXUBqN9GRxDPg_fIUEm7aaCY9-edXbyVzZc/viewform?c=0&w=1 OPEN LETTER FROM STAFF TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS Dear Vice-Chancellor, With this letter we call for the University to provide an effective response to the current international migrant crisis and highlight a series of priority areas where we expect the VC to …continue reading
The following motion was agreed by the all-members general meeting on 14 October. (The minutes of that meeting are subject to approval of the all-members general meeting on 25 November.) University of Leeds UCU local association notes the new “Prevent Duty” being imposed on Higher and Further Education providers. The Local Association commends the response of the national UCU on this matter. The branch observes that this duty erodes staff and students’ academic freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of debate. The branch notes further that the definition of extremism as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values” is a direct attack on ethnic minorities. It undermines the free exchange of ideas and undermines democratic social inclusion. The branch believes that the effect of this definition will be to institutionalise both racism and Islamophobia. University of Leeds UCU local association resolves to work with UCU HQ to develop a policy of non-co-operation with the “Prevent Duty,” up to and including branch boycotts.
The following motion was agreed by the all-members general meeting on 14 October. (The minutes of that meeting are subject to approval of the all-members general meeting on 25 November.) This branch notes: The worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II with millions fleeing their homes looking for refuge in Europe. Since 2000 around 30,000 migrants or refugees have died in their attempts to reach or stay in Europe, with the highest figures recorded in the past two years. The continuing plight of refugees in Calais and elsewhere in Europe escaping from war, political oppression, poverty and violence. The demonization of migrants and asylum seekers by the media and the government. The inadequate response by the Tory government, for example, only allowing in just 20,000 refugees by 2020 on a temporary basis in the first instance, and only from camps in the Lebanon. The heartening public response to the crisis e.g. collections, donations etc. That the University of Leeds is collaborating with Leeds City Council to promote Leeds as a City of Sanctuary. That other universities such as the University of East London have committed to offer at least ten postgraduate scholarships to Syrian refugees. We note …continue reading
According to HESA data from 2012/13, it was established that • Female professors were paid an average 6.0% less than the average paid to male professors. • Among all academic staff, including professors, the gap is much more pronounced, at 12.6%, a difference of £6,042 per year. • 22.2% of professors are female, and only 5.2% of female academic staff are professors. By comparison, 15.2% of male academic staff are professors, proportionally three times the total of female professors. • According to ASHE averages 2011-14, the mean gender pay gap for Higher Education teaching professionals remains above 15% and the median gender pay gap is 11.2%. • Both the mean and median gender pay gap for Higher Education teaching professionals is significantly larger than for other teaching professionals. The median gender pay gap for further education and secondary teachers is 6.0% and 7.3% respectively, and the mean gender pay gap is 7.0% and 9.0% respectively. The calculations get worse for female BME staff, if extracted from the averages. The 2015 pay claim by five trade unions for the sector included the following ambitions: • To further develop some of the gender pay issues that emerged out of the work of …continue reading