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Supporting the junior hospital doctors

Group of picketing junior hospital doctors at Canterbury hospital

Committee member William Rowlandson writes: I cycled up to the hospital this morning and spent a cold hour chatting with the junior doctors. Good turnout – over 20 people when I left – mostly BMA members (photo only catches some of them). Pickets at Kent and Canterbury hospital – photo William Rowlandson   I was …

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2016 pay ballot open now!

Our union is currently balloting us on the 2016 pay offer. Members should receive your ballot paper in the post by today (Wednesday 20th April) at the latest. The envelope looks like this! The local committee is calling on all members to please: Check the post for your ballot envelope which will look like this. Read …

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The Green Paper, TEF and Implications for Universities

Today’s branch meeting was addressed by the President of the UCU on the subject of the proposals in the ‘Green Paper’ on Higher Education. These proposals include a ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (TEF), measures to permit providers more easily to enter and leave the sector and other changes. The presentation given is available here: Kent University …

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Branch meeting – The Green Paper, TEF and Implications for Universities

Keynes Lecture Theatre 3 (KLT3) – 1pm, 10 December 2015   Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, has published a Green Paper setting out plans for Higher Education. These include making it easier for new providers to set up and old ones to leave HE, and a new Teaching Excellence Framework. UCU’s …

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More on the USS consultation

University staff who are members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme or are entitled to join can respond to the consultation on the threatened changes (through the consultation website). Members of the UCU at the University of Kent will already have received messages encouraging you to do so. The post on this blog on April 7 …

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“Kent Union should pay all staff a living wage”

The branch is concerned about the pay and conditions of staff employed on what are effectively ‘zero hours contracts’ and other marginal contracts. This affects some people who may teach or work alongside us. Even more it impacts on low-paid staff in catering, cleaning and other roles, many of whom are also students. A number …

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Still the Enemy Within – film showing Sat 10 January

This Saturday 10 January the Gulbenkian is screening this documentary about the 1984-85  Miners Strike in association with our colleagues in UNISON University of Kent branch. More information about the show at: The film’s director, Owen Gower, will be answering questions after the screening, which commences at 14:30. More info about the film at …

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USS dispute – update

Our boycott of assessment and marking has been suspended to allow talks to occur – this was a position which our branch meeting supported. However this suspension is temporary until Jan 15th, and permanently lifting the threat of action depends on the employers and USS permanently lifting the threat of serious cuts to our pensions. …

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Up to 27% off! – the USS pensions dispute

Members of the UCU at Kent have been taking action over threatened cuts to our pensions. You can read more about the issue on the Defend USS website. The site includes a briefing for students – we have hard copies if any members of the branch would like to use them. It is very important …

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Welcome to the University of Kent UCU blog

This space will carry news from and about the University of Kent branch of the UCU (University and College Union). It will also offer opportunities for discussion away from the constraints of email lists. We welcome suggestions from members about what would be useful on this blog.