1) Meet UCU For Lunch
Thanks to everyone who came to our lunchtime event yesterday, member and non-member. Part of UCU’s national Recruitment Week, the event saw a range of issues discussed and questions posed.
It was good to talk in such a convivial, informal setting.
Fingers crossed the event will see a further spike in membership, building on the 9 new joiners last week. This followed our Bristol UCU email to non-members.
With over 1,000 members, Bristol UCU is the largest branch in the South West region, and one of the largest in the country.
2) Recruit a Friend
As part of UCU’s Recruitment Week, why not recruit a colleague?
See 10 reasons to join UCU: https://tinyurl.com/10reasonsToJOIN
As for Bristol UCU, regular ‘Flash readers know our local successes: securing better contracts for members, saving jobs, protecting the terms and conditions of University of Bristol staff, offering an alternative popular position on Higher Education policy.
For example, the proposed changes to the teaching day: without the involvement of UCU – and many a dedicated, conscientious colleague – a change to extend the teaching week by 4 hours would have been passed by Senate last week.
As one casualised member put it, ‘I joined UCU and I am now delighted to be starting the new academic year on a fractional contract giving me security of income and continuity of work. My pay has also increased significantly’.
3) New UCU General Secretary
Today UCU has a ‘new’ General Secretary: either Sally Hunt serving another term or Jo McNeill starting her first.
An exciting new chapter for UCU? Join and make sure it is.
4) General Meeting, Wednesday 15th March, 13:00-14:00, Arts LR1
Want to keep up-to-date with the latest Bristol UCU events?
We have a General Meeting in a couple of weeks: pop it in your Google calendar.
1. Open Google Calendar.
2. Next to “Other calendars” on the left, click the Down arrow Down Arrow Down Arrow
3. Select Add by URL.
5. Click Add Calendar. The calendar will appear on the left side under “Other calendars.”
5) Twitter, etc.
Don’t forget Bristol UCU’s on Twitter, has a Facebook page, blog and a website.
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