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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 17th February 2021

1) Update: ‘Unnecessary F2F, In-Person Teaching’ Dispute and Workload Reduction Bristol UCU negotiators Branch President James Thompson and Branch Secretary Jamie Melrose had a meeting yesterday with University Officers at which positive proposals were made concerning both our current branch dispute over ‘unnecessary face-to-face in-person teaching’ [link] and ‘What To Drop? – The UoB Workload Crisis’ [link]. On […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 10th February 2021

1) Dispute Update – F2F, In-Person Teaching Bristol UCU Executive Committee met yesterday and decided to conclude the Dispute Process. Although the University has made welcome changes to individual risk assessment and programme review, University Officers are still not prepared to guarantee that face-to-face, in-person teaching will not return before the Easter vacation, or before the end […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 3rd February 2021

1) What To Drop? – The UoB Workload Crisis Members are still encouraged to submit concrete workload proposals on what can be stopped, postponed or parked. Contact ucu-office@bristol.ac.uk. Branch reps look forward to discussing these proposals at a meeting with University Officers tomorrow. — 2) UCU NEC Elections Elections to UCU’s National Executive Committee (NEC) are […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 27th January 2021

1) Dispute Latest At our final Dispute Resolution meeting on Monday, Branch Negotiators, while welcoming a host of positive changes banked so far, for example, in the Risk Assessment process and regarding online programme requests, asked the University to commit to online teaching until at least the Easter vacation. This would see the University join […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 20th January 2021

1) In-Person, F2F Teaching Dispute Latest Firstly, Happy New Year to Bristol UCU members. As we finish TB1 and enter TB2, teaching, except for ‘certain subjects [link] such as Medicine and Dentistry, is now online to at least February 15th, with ‘planning for teaching to remain online until Easter, if necessary’. Our branch headline demand, ‘an immediate […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 17th December 2020

1) Dispute Latest On Tuesday this week, Branch Negotiators had their third scheduled meeting of the Dispute Resolution Process. One more meeting will be scheduled early in the new year. While Branch Negotiators are pleased to report some welcome movement regarding risk assessment and ‘devolved’ blending learning decision-making (see below), the University has not agreed […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 9th December: Dispute Resolution: In-Person Teaching; Digital Experience Insights Survey

1) Dispute Resolution: In-Person Teaching The Branch Executive and Branch Reps meet yesterday, this in advance of our final Dispute Resolution meeting Wednesday next week. Reps highlighted the potential importance of devolving online and in-person teaching decision to Schools and to individual programmes, and of capping f2f, in-person teaching for hourly-paid and Pathway 3 fixed-term […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 2nd December 2020

1) Dispute Resolution: In-Person Teaching Branch Officers had our latest dispute resolution meeting with the University on Monday. Another meeting is scheduled before the end of term to discuss certain proposals and suggested measures around the balance of online teaching for staff, the appropriate level of decision making and institutional risk assessment. A Joint Branch […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 18th November 2020

1) Bristol UCU Annual General Meeting, *Today*, 13;00-14:00, via Microsoft Teams To join at 13:00 today, please click on the link below: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OGU1YWJhODYtM2MxOC00MTQ1LWFhNzktMTA0MzNjMWM1YWY3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22b2e47f30-cd7d-4a4e-a5da-b18cf1a4151b%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22808b1cd4-a148-40b5-9088-03701d876c24%22%7d On the agenda, election of Branch Officers and of the Branch Executive Committee for 2020-21. James Thompson, Branch President, will give an oral report, including an update on our current dispute. For a […]

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Bristol UCU Newsflash, 11th November 2020

1) Dispute & Special Senate Tomorrow James Thompson, Branch President, has written on behalf of the Branch to register a formal dispute with the University over its failure to move unnecessary in-person teaching online and to allow staff to teach online where appropriate. As announced yesterday, Bristol UCU members voted to declare the dispute in […]

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