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.
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We may well have another busy period coming up so I want to make sure you all know who your UCU reps are and where there are gaps where we still need reps. The current list is at leedsucu/departmental-representatives. For each area the committee would like to have a department rep, an anti-casualisation rep (intended to be someone on an insecure contract), a postgraduates rep, a workloads rep and a health and safety rep. If you’d like to stand as a rep please ask two colleagues in your area who are UCU members to email firstname.lastname@example.org nominating you for the role. We’re going to give a deadline of 12pm Monday 17 February (the deadline is in case more than one person wants to do the role, so we’re not doing it on a first-come basis like a race).
In preparation for the next academic year the UCU committee is looking to fill department rep vacancies, including anti-casualisation reps, postgraduate reps and workload reps, and also for some more members to be trained to support colleagues with individual casework. The roles are: Department rep To raise local issues affecting members with the UCU officers/committee and to feed back to members, and to welcome new staff and let them know about UCU. (Monthly meetings but not required to attend them all.) Department anti-casualisation rep To raise local issues affecting members on casualised contracts (such as fixed-term or hourly paid) with the UCU branch’s anti-casualisation working group and to work with that group to help tackle casualisation across the university. Department postgraduate rep To raise local issues affecting postgraduate with the branch committee’s postgraduate rep and the anti-casualisation working group. Department workload rep To raise local workload issues at the branch workloads working group and to work with that group to help tackle excessive workloads across the university Caseworker To support and discuss options with members having problems at work. Training and mentoring provided. This isn’t a department role – caseworkers don’t usually represent members in their own school or service. … continue reading