Bristol UCU Newsflash, 28th April 2021

1) Reminder: Bristol UCU USS Briefing, Today, 13:00-14:00, via Zoom

To join:

Open to both UCU and non-UCU members.

2) Why I Joined…

Why I joined … is a series of articles from members across Professional Services talking about why they joined UCU and what being part of the union means to them.

In the first of the series, UCU Vice President Paul Ayres tells his personal story of why he joined UCU:

The next event for Professional Services term is – Being an active part of the Union: Recruiting members or becoming a rep – 1pm to 2pm, Thursday 6 May – led by our Membership Secretary, Celine Petitjean. Joining details to follow.

3) UCU Strike School – May and June

If you are interested in attending Workers Rising Everywhere, a six-week organising course offered to UCU members in partnership with Jane McAlevey and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, please email for further registration details.

For more details regarding the course:

4) May Day Rally with Bristol UCU

Join the Bristol UCU contingent at the Bristol May Day Rally this Saturday, 1st May [link].

Meet at 11:50 at Castle Park [link]. By the church. Look out for the Bristol UCU banner.

5) Academic Freedom

Expressions of interest are sought to join a University Free Speech Academic Advisory Group, to be chaired by the Provost, Professor Judith Squires.

The new Group will provide expert advice and guidance, which will inform the University’s approach to issues relating to free speech and academic freedom.

Please email by Tuesday 4 May if you would like to be considered for the Group.

Following a major report on academic freedom, UCU has submitted an allegation to the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts regarding the UK government’s non-compliance with the 1997 UNESCO recommendation on the status of higher education teaching staff.