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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. If you are not already a member, Please join the UCU here because it does not cost much and is the only way to protect jobs and services.

Note: You can now join the UCU by telephone if you prefer. Call the membership team on 0333 207 0719.

NUS/UCU Statement on the NSS boycott

As many of you will be aware our ally the National Union of Students (NUS) has called a boycott of the National Student Survey (NSS). The boycott covers all institutions where NSS is distributed and includes higher education (HE) courses that take place within
further education (FE) institutions. The NUS boycott will begin in some institutions from 6 January 2017.

The NUS boycott is in furtherance of their policy that the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which itself uses NSS data, should be
decoupled by the government from any increases in tuition fees.

October Regional Newsletter

The headlines are that our compaign for union recognition in a subsidiary company of Coventry University has won. This is significant because the university used the company to change the conditions of the workers and remove union recognition. With services often being contracted out in the education sector, it is crucial that we do not allow these practices to succeed.

Read about this and other regional activities of the UCU in the attached newsletter.

Comments on the Stern review of the REF

We would like you to provide feedback to the UCU on the recent Stern review of the REF. A UCU document links to the report and other relevant information and summarises the main recommendations. We have attached the document to this news article. There are three main recommendations that the UCU would particularly like your thoughts on so please access the document here and then send your comments to Rob Copeland ( by no later than 30 September.

New subscription rates for UCU members

The attached file gives a table of the new national subscription rates.
Please check and, if necessary, update your subscription level by using the UCU Member eServices facility at

Aston University UCU Strike Day: July 5th

As part of the ongoing industrial action, each branch is arranging a local strike date. The date for Aston will be 5th July, which we will confirm as soon as the required legal notice has been sent to Aston.

We also want to remind members that we are still in a period of working to contract. This means that you should not be:

* Working more than your contractual hours (if you don’t have hours in your contract, the standard working week at Aston is 36.5 hours)

* Undertake no additional duties (eg covering for colleagues) unless this in your contract