Mrs Copland was employed as the personal assistant to the principal of a
higher education college in Wales, but was also required to work closely
with the deputy principal (DP). At some time during her employment, the
DP started to monitor her telephone, e-mail and internet usage ...
A part-time lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University who worked more
hours than her full time colleagues for less pay has been awarded with
£25,000 compensation and a permanent contract in a case supported by
NATFHE. More on the NATFHE website:
The Government's Terrorism Bill has clear implications for academic
freedom. It will impact upon many members' ability to teach and research
certain subjects, to disseminate primary and secondary source material
in a number of areas and to train students in the use of noxious
"The Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the National Association
for Teachers in Further and Higher Education (Natfhe) merged to form a single
union, the University and College Union (UCU), in June 2006. This paper
examines the way that the merger process distracted from the coordination
of the strategy and tactics adopted for the 2006 pay claim and dispute. "
This refers to the recent guidance issued by the Equality Challenge Unit,
Universities UK and the Standing Conference of Principles.
It updates and replaces earlier 1997 guidance on 'Extremism and intolerance
on campus' and attempts to highlight the rights of staff and students to
work and study in a Higher Education Institution without fear of
intimidation, harassment or threatening behaviour.
You can read the full document here - it is very interesting and full of good sense.
Schools against Deportations
"We are teachers, headteachers, lecturers, teaching assistants, students,
young people, trade-unionists, mentors and others working in the education
system who are concerned about the damaging impact which the threat of
deportation or actual deportation can have on children and young people
studying in schools and colleges."
I have been elected BUCU Vice-President for the year 2007-2008.
I am BUCU Media Liaison Officer
I am one of BUCU's Casework Officers.
I occasionally attend JNCC negotiations with the University.
I have been elected to the UCU Executive for a two-year term and am
serving on its Legal Panel.
I am particularly concerned about the following issues:
Harrassment and bullying at work.
Work-related stress: as a stress survivor myself, I am appalled at the way
academic workloads continue to increase, with scant regard to the effects on
individual members of staff.
The effects of the RAE on academic staff morale and job security.
The following resources are available to UCU members
The College and University Support Network, which is endorsed by UCU,
provides confidential counselling and other forms of support. Their number is
A free, confidential counselling service is available to all
University staff. I can personally recommend it! You can call the Staff
Counselling service on 0121-678-2790; or make an appointment direct by ringing
the Uffculme Clinic on 0121-449-9459. The clinic is situated on Queensbridge
Road, Moseley, opposite Queensbridge School.
The Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) now provide a service for staff on campus.
CAB will provide their usual high quality and strictly confidential advisory
service for staff on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11.00 and 2.00 in the Health
Centre (room 130 first floor). CAB have requested that it be by appointment
only and appointments can be made on ext 45117, the occupational health number.
If you are an AUT member and need advice relating to your employment, you should
contact the AUT office on ext. 46895, where you will be told which "duty
officer" to contact (there is an answering machine message when the office is
Dates for your Diary:
Watch this space - no meetings scheduled until the beginning of term.
For further information about local and national meetings, please contact
Marilyn Luck on extension 46895
LabourNet UK An extremely useful source of news about Trade Unions in the UK, with
the facility to submit your own news.
I am no longer linking to the Labourstart site because of their wholly
biased coverage of the Academic Boycott of Israel campaign and their
failure to show Palestinian trade unions any solidarity on this issue.
The House of Lords has confirmed the earlier Court of Appeal ruling
that the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 applies to
workplace bullying and that an employer will be vicariously liable for
harassment committed by an employee (subject to normal vicarious liability
When a boss turns
into a bully (The Guardian, 29th March 2005)
Report of a ground-breaking legal ruling which indicates that the Protection
from Harassment Act 1997, which was intended to protect people from stalkers,
can be used to prosecute employers for workplace bullying.
Out in the lead Interview with Peter Beresford in the Guardian, 5th January 2005.
"Peter Beresford understands the nitty-gritty of mental health issues. As he
tells Alison Benjamin, having been a service user himself has provided insights
that help him set the pace for change in academia."
Disability West Midlands are out of Administration
and are now free to fund-raise and
move forward again. They can be contacted on
email@example.com or by phone on 0121 414 1616.
"Employers will have to protect their staff from stress - or risk legal
action, a watchdog has warned. The Health and Safety Executive has launched a
six-point code which firms must abide by. They must support their employees and
ensure they do not feel overly pressured in their roles. "
The University of Birmingham Health and Safety Unit has issued guidance on Home
working. It includes a
check list which covers office/desk based University work at home and is
primarily aimed at those who spend a considerable amount of time working at
home. Items for consideration include posture, slipping/tripping hazards,
overloading of electrical supplies and breaks from work.
UCU Health and Safety Advice Line
(for branch officers and safety reps only - sorry!) 0161 636 7558.
CAFAS have strong links with AUT, NATFHE and school teachers' unions, and
represent "whistle-blowers" at industrial tribunals amongst other valuable
services to HE staff. Their newsletter is a real eye-opener.
Network for Education and Academic
NEAR is a membership-based, non-governmental organisation which facilitates
international collaboration between organisations active in issues of
academic freedom and educational rights, and committed to promoting an
understanding of, and respect for, the values enshrined in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
NEAR receives reports of academic rights violations from its
member-organisations and credible media sources which are posted as alerts
on the NEAR website. Membership is open to independent, non-governmental
organisations that have interests that promote academic freedom and/or human
rights in education.