Your Bristol UCU Newsflash, 3rd April 2019

  1. AGM Notification and Nominations for Officer and Executive Committee Roles

All members are invited to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 8th May, 13:00-14:00, Arts Complex, LT3.

We will be electing our Branch Officers and a ⅓ of our Executive Committee for 2019/20. Nominations for these positions are officially open. If you are interested in standing for a position, please email

For further details, please see the relevant sections of our Local Association rules [link]. Alternatively, email for further information.

The agenda with Branch Officer and Exec members will be sent out 14 days before the AGM: all nominations will need to be received by Wednesday, 24th April.

The AGM is also an opportunity to discuss motions and matters arising at UCU Congress at the end of May – please note the first business report of Congress [link].

2. Higher Education Pay Offer of 1.3%.

UCU and the other higher education trade unions met with the employers at the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) last week for the first talks on pay for 2019/20. They presented the joint claim and pressed the employers to reverse the decline in members’ pay as well as addressing gender inequality, precarious contracts and workload. The employers responded with an initial offer for discussion of 1.3% across all the elements of the pay claim.

This falls far short of what UCU and other unions are calling for and the unions will be urging the employers to make an improved offer which provides a fair pay rise and addresses the other elements of our claim, when they meet again on 11 April.

3. Bristol Transformed – final chance for free tickets

Bristol Transformed, “a weekend of radical politics, parties, culture and art”, is this weekend! Some Bristol colleagues are involved in the event, including Maud Perrier who is a panellist on ‘Economics, the future of work’.

We still have a few free tickets up for grabs. If you would like one, please email and we will pick names out of a hat.

The link to the poster.

4. LGBT+ Research Conference in Manchester, Friday 17th May

UCU UK is holding a one-day conference for academics, activists and researchers conducting research on sexual orientation and gender identity issues and / or Bisexual, Gay, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Queer .. lives.

The aim of this conference is to explore how LGBT+ people have experienced and / or are experiencing actions and discourse around their self-identities. This may include gender and sexual identity, intersectionality, desire, relationships, experience across the lifespan, politics, and solidarity.

More details and how to sign up here:

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