Your Bristol UCU Newsflash, 22nd May 2019

1. Congress This Weekend – Give Our Delegates A Steer

UCU Congress is taking place in Harrogate over the coming weekend, 25th – 27th May. This is where delegates debate and vote on motions which, if passed, become UCU policy.

If you haven’t already done so, please give our delegates a steer by completing this survey containing 10 propositions on which we would like your view. Please vote for, against or abstain.

2. AGM Election Results

The following candidates were all duly elected at the AGM on 8th May:

President: James Thompson

Vice President: Suzy Cheeke & Tracey Hooper

Branch Secretary: Jamie Melrose

Equality Officer: VACANCY

Treasurer: Paul Ayres

Anti-Casualisation Officer: Jamie Melrose

Membership/Recruitment Secretary: Mercedes Villalba

Members of Exec. Committee


Laura Dickinson – Civil Engineering

Neil Abel – Geographical Sciences

Maud Perrier – SPAIS

Lucy Langley-Palmer – Library Services


Callum Bungey – Chemistry

Stuart Prior – Anth. and Arch.

Ricky Tutin – Economics, Finance and Management

Madhu Krishnan – English


Celine Petitjean – Bio. Sciences

Angela Piccini – Film and Television

Stephen D’Evelyn – UCU

John Foot – Italian

3. Draft Academic Promotions Framework

The latest iteration of the draft Academic Promotions Framework is available to view here:

We encourage members to take a look and send any feedback to the project team, headed by Simon Swales. If you have any concerns, please contact

4. REF Code of Practice

Bristol UCU has submitted its response to the current draft of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 Code of Practice:

Bristol UCU Response – University of Bristol REF2021 Code of Practice

One of the main points of the Bristol UCU response is that the University ‘not submit the outputs of former staff who have since been made redundant and that this commitment is explicitly included in your 2021 REF Code of Practice’.

The next Newsflash will be on 5th June.