Bristol UCU Newsflash, 31st March 2021

1) E-Survey: Return To Blended Learning After Easter

Thanks to everyone who has completed the survey. If you have not completed, please click on the link:

E-Survey closes at 17:00 today.

Please note: individual programmes can make a case, with School support, to remain online, and Bristol UCU can be involved in this decision-making. Programmes have made successful requests to remain online.

Also: based on current survey results, the branch has written to University Officers to highlight securing minimum 2-metre distancing in all teaching spaces contemplated for use from 19th April.

2) Bristol UCU E-Ballot: Industrial Action Ballot on 2020/21 Final Offer

UCU has a decision to take.

Should members be balloted on the final 2020-21 offer on pay, casualisation, workload and pay gaps made by the University and other HE employers?

To determine the position of our Bristol UCU branch delegation when they answer that question at a forthcoming HE Branch Delegates’ Meeting, please click on the link below and answer two questions:

The survey should only take a minute or so.

For more information:

3) Extra-Ordinary Online General Meeting, Monday, 12th April, 13:00-14:00, via Microsoft Teams

An Extra-Ordinary Online General Meeting has been called, following a requisition from branch members, to discuss and vote on the motion ‘Academic Freedom and Professor David Miller’. To see the motion, click on the link below:

If members wish to speak at the General Meeting, please email by 11th April.

Microsoft Teams joining details will be circulated before the meeting.

4) Dates for the Diary-AGM and Anti-Casualisation EOGM

Our branch Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 9th June, 13:00-14:00, via Microsoft Teams. If you are interested in a branch role next year – a Branch Officer role or an Executive Committee role – please email

We are also holding an Emergency Online General Meeting on Wednesday, 19th May, 13:00-14:00, via Microsoft Teams. This will see an update on branch anti-casualisation efforts as well as further steps for the branch to action and to take.

Newsflash will take an Easter Break, returning on 21st April.