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Welcome to Aston UCU

The UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.

Please keep checking back here for information and news about your local branch

Branch News

The Aston UCU branch is continuing to work on your behalf in all areas. In addition to the steady stream of case work where we represent you in grievance and disciplinary procedurs, we are currently involved in ensuring jobs are fairly graded so that they receive the right salary, addressing management bullying of employees on fixed term contracts, and protecting people against excessive workloads.

Upcoming pay ballot and frequently asked questions

The national UCU officers have been fielding questions about the ballot. We thought it might be helpful to share the answers with you. Please do use your vote because it is vital the union is clear about its mandate. The marking boycott has been postponed from 28 April until 6 May when it will be reimplemented if the vote is to reject the current pay offer. You will be expected to follow the democratic decision of the membership so make sure you have your say in that.


1. I have to give my personal details when I vote. Is the ballot really secret?

Letter from Sally Hunt

Dear colleague,

The next phase of our campaign of industrial action resumes this week. UCU has joined our colleagues from Unison, Unite and EIS in calling a full day strike for this Thursday, 6 February.

A further two hour strike has been called for 9am-11am on Monday 10th February. Please support the strikes as we continue our campaign for fair pay in higher education. 

Update on the industrial action

HE Pay dispute:

*Students and the strike: While many students, and their national representatives, are supportive of UCU's strike we are receiving an increasing number of complaints about the impact of the current round of strikes on lectures and classes. The Times and Independent even reported some students who had resorted to teaching themselves as the strikes bite.

We are meeting the National Union of Students next week to discuss the regrettable impact on their members, and will stress once again our willingness to negotiate if only the employers can be similarly persuaded.

Message from Sally Hunt about the two-hour strike today

Dear colleague,

At 11am this morning the union is calling on members to join our latest strike which concludes at 1pm.

I hope that you will join colleagues on strike as we make a stand for fair pay.

This morning's comprehensive survey published by UCU shows that