Bristol UCU Newsflash, 12th January 2021

1) Reminder: Bristol UCU Branch General Meeting, Today, 13:00-14:00, via Microsoft Teams

To join:


  • Higher Education disputes – USS and the Four Fights
  • COVID – UoB Institutional response
  • AOB

2) Local Hardship Fund Claims

Our branch Local Hardship Fund will cover the first day of strike action taken by non-HPT/TSA members, and all lost contact delivery hours in the case of HPTs/TSAs. For details of our national UCU Fighting Fund:

All Local Hardship claims should be emailed to: 

Salaried staff on Grade J or below, or who earn £30,000 pa or less will need to wait until strike pay deductions have been made from pay packets – expected at the end of January 2022 – before submitting a claim.

HPT/TSA members can claim for all lost contact hours straight away. Please include your email to, notifying the University that you took strike action.

Full details of how to claim strike pay from the Local Hardship Fund are set out at:

The formal Terms and Conditions of the Local Hardship Fund have been revised in line with the current dispute, have been approved by the Branch Executive Committee and are available for you to view at:

Any questions about the Local Hardship Fund should be sent to:

3) Research Staff UCU Drop-In Session, Tuesday 18th Jan.,12:30-13:30

Your Research Staff UCU reps Naomi and Goya will be holding a drop-in session this month to discuss all things Pathway 2/UCU. We intend this to be a very informal session where we can have a chat or help with any questions you may have.

The session will be held online on Tuesday 18th January 12.30-1.30pm so feel free to bring your lunch:

Meeting ID: 919 6247 8384
Passcode: 283355

Look forward to seeing some of you on the 18th!