Your Bristol UCU Newsflash, 4th February 2016

1) Meet UCU For Lunch, Monday 22 February 2016, 12:00– 13:30, 7G1, 7 Priory Road

As part of UCU’s Recruitment Week, Bristol UCU hosts ‘Meet UCU For Lunch’ on Monday, 22nd February.

Members and non-members are all welcome at this lunch-time, drop-in event. Come find out more about what UCU does and what the union can do for you. Come and chat to reps and fellow Bristol UCU members. Lunch provided

If you’re already a UCU member, come and tell us what you think the Union should be doing and ….bring a non-member with you!

Please register at

2) South West Black Members’ Network Inaugural Meeting Wednesday 10th February, 18:00-20:00. G5, Arts Complex, Woodland Rd

Bristol UCU hosts the inaugural South West Black Members’ Network Meeting Wednesday next week.

This follows a highly successful South West Regional Committee in Exeter on Sunday, guest speaker David Muritu, Chair of UCU Black Members’ committee, at which the main agenda item was the underrepresentation of black and minority ethnic (BME) members within UCU.

If you are interested in attending, please contact or SW chair Josie Gill,

3) South West HE Sector Meeting Wednesday, 9th March, 14:00-16:00, Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

Bristol hosts the HE Sector Meeting for all members in the South West. Normally held in Exeter, in an effort to make the event easier to get to, the meeting has been moved to Bristol.

The venue is a 2 minute walk from Bristol Parkway Station. Travel costs can be reimbursed

Initial agenda items include:

  • the pay dispute
  • the Green paper
  • attacks on Framework agreement and workloads

It is, of course, an opportunity for delegates to seek advice and guidance on other local issues they might wish to raise.

If you’d like to attend, email

4) Membership Details and Pay Campaign

With a ballot on the 2016/17 pay claim likely in April, now is the time to make sure your details are up-to-date.

Please ensure that you:

  • are allocated to the correct payment band
  • have a preferred contact address
  • have an up-to-date postal address
  • your Division/School address is correct

To access your record you can log into the e-services membership database: You will need your personal log in details to access your record.

If you have not registered for the online database you will need to register here

You will need your UCU membership number and the email address we hold on record for you.

If you have any queries regarding accessing your online record, have any problems logging on or would like advice on how to make changes please contact the Branch

5) Progression and Promotion on Pathways 2 and 3 – CORRECTION

In last week’s Newsflash we stated that Scott Greenwell will now sit on the Research Staff Working Party (RSWP). This was an error – we have asked for a UCU place on this group but proper consultation with relevant parties has not yet taken place and a decision has not yet been made.

We also inaccurately reported comments about the appropriateness of the existing role profiles for research and teaching staff in Science and Arts. To be clear, it was the view of the Chair of the RSWP that the role profile for research staff at level (a) may not expect as much of them as it should. It was the view of the UCU reps at the meeting that many teaching and research staff on level (a) in Arts and Social Sciences were working at or beyond their role profile. The separation of these points was not made clear in our text and we apologise for that.

6) Support Our Junior Doctors, TODAY, Lecture Theatre 1.4, Medical School 18:00-20:30

The next meeting of the Support Our Junior Doctors and NHS Student campaign is TODAY in the University of Bristol Medical School.

Supported by several local unions and activist groups, this meeting is called in advance of the March on Sunday 7th February, 11.30am, College Green, to protest for a safer, fairer contract for junior doctors!

7) Next Week’s Newsflash

To whet your appetite…..proposed Prevent Duty-related changes (room booking, academic freedom, training, etc.); USS; Elections to UCU’s National Executive Committee; TEF-related Motions to UCU Congress.