UCUG Bulletin – June 2012

USS Pension Dispute – Update
Following a decision of UCU Congress in Manchester the “work to contract” as part of our dispute over USS has been reactivated.  Further details are available from http://defenduss.web.ucu.org.uk/

 AGM Report
Thank you to all members who were able to attend the UCUG AGM last week.  Terry Brotherstone presented the recommendations from the Review of Higher Education Governance and a good discussion followed.  Members are encouraged to contact their MSP to seek endorsement of the Review and UCU will be campaigning over the coming months to ensure that the recommendations are implemented. The report and recommendations are discussed more fully in the current edition of UC-Online http://uc.web.ucu.org.uk/2012/05/university-governance-will-scotland-lead-the-way/

Targeted Appointments
The AGM unanimously passed a motion opposing targeted appointments.  Members at the meeting expressed their anger at senior appointments being made to external candidates in “strategic” areas without first advertising positions or seeking internal applicants.  Such appointments raise genuine concerns regarding equalities and while new staff may be well regarded the nature of their appointment runs counter to a fostering of academic collegiality.  The officers were instructed to raise this issue with Senior Management and UCUG will contact the Principal to request that all future appointments are subject to an open application process.

 P&DR
UCUG delegates spoke at national UCU Congress to highlight the many problems of an overly managerial approach to P&DR.  Congress supported Glasgow’s motion on P&DR and UCU will now dedicate resources to identifying and develop best practice. UCU nationally will also instigate a campaign to counter the encroaching culture of micro-management and performance ranking.  Members at Glasgow are asked familiarise themselves with the revised Glasgow P&DR guidelines, and to report any deviation from them to the UCUG office. http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/policies/p-z/pdrindex/

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