Your Bristol UCU Newsflash, 8th May 2019

Welcome to your special events edition of Newsflash. Read on for details of today’s AGM, Friday’s hustings for UCU’s GS elections, two events on Saturday, and a special session for members on pensions with UCU’s National Pension Official next Thursday 16th May.

1) Annual General Meeting, TODAY, 8th May, 13:00-14:00, Enderby Lecture Theatre, Physics

Please come along to our Annual General Meeting at 1pm TODAY.

A copy of agenda and list of Branch Officer and Executive candidates can be found on the Bristol UCU website:

2) Hustings for UCU General Secretary Elections, this Friday 10th May, LT3, Arts Complex, 16:30-18:00

We are very pleased to welcome the three candidates for UCU General Secretary to the University of Bristol this Friday 10th May. The candidates are:

Matt Waddup
Jo McNeill
Jo Grady
More details about the General Secretary Elections can be found here:

Hustings will take place on Friday, 16:30-18:00, Arts Complex Lecture 3:

If you would like to submit a question in advance to the candidates, please email

3) National Demonstration for Palestine, Saturday 11th May, coaches from Bristol

UCU is an official supporter of Saturday’s National Demonstration for Palestine.

Details about the event, including coaches from Bristol here:

4) CLASS Bootcamp, Saturday 11th May, Tony Benn House Bristol

CLASS (Centre for Labour and Social Studies) invites you to an event taking place this Saturday 11th May at Tony Benn House in Bristol.

Speakers include the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Dr Faiza Shaheen, Owen Jones, and Extinction Rebellion and discussions will be on the upcoming European elections, Brexit, the climate emergency, immigration, welfare, public investment and much more.

Tickets are £5 and will go towards the cost of running the event.

More information below:

Eventbrite page:

Facebook page:

5) Sessions with UCU’s National Pensions Official, Thursday 16th May 2019

12:30-13:30, Howard House Seminar Room 1.01 (group session) and

13:45-15:15, Howard House Meeting Room G.01 (individual 10- to 15-min sessions)

UCU’s National Pensions Official, Christine Haswell is visiting Bristol University on 16th May. There will be a general update on where we are nationally with the negotiations and the JEP. Following that is an opportunity to speak to Christine 1:1 for guidance about your own pensions. This would not be financial advice, but Christine can offer some guidance as to pros and cons of, for example, early or flexible retirement, exchanging lump-sum for increased pension etc. She can also talk through the meaning of specific communications you have received from USS. Sign up for the individual sessions is via Doodle Poll at and is first-come-first-served.

To help you find Howard House, which is on Queen’s Avenue.