UCU Branch @ Sheffield Hallam University Recognised trade union for academic and related staff

What Einstein has to say about UCU SHU’s AGM!

SHU UCU Annual General Meeting and Branch Owen 1031, 12pm-1pm, 20th February 2019 A message from UCU SHU Branch Chair, Camila Bassi:  Motions deadline midday 6th February - email the Branch Chair, C.Bassi@shu.ac.uk “I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary,...

Call for 8 participants in a Education Support Partnership focus group – 13 February 2019 : Lunch Included.

As UCU members you have access to Education Support Partnership’s free advice and helpline. See https://www.ucu.org.uk/educationsupportpartnership Education Support Partnership has contacted us to host a small focus group on Wednesday 13th February (12 – 1) to look at...

HE Pay & Equality Ballot

Look out for the ballot papers for action around the current employers' offer and working conditions, which will be sent out by post next week. The ballot opens on 15th January 2019 and closes on 22nd February 2019 These should arrive at your designated preferred...

Call for nominations to become a SHU UCU Rep or Officer for the Academic year 19/20.

Please find below the nomination form to be an officer or rep for the SHU branch of UCU for the academic year of 2019/20. This may seem a bit far in advice – but this is so that officers and reps will have enough time to get their union hours agreed in their work...

UCU SHU branch AGM – Weds 20 February 2019

Please put this date in your diary. When : 12:00 pm – 1:00 p.m. Location : City - Owen 1031

Academic Advising: act together

The new Academic Advising role was discussed at October's Branch Meeting. Members have reported that in some areas, academic advising hours have been put into already agreed work plans with no discussion or consultation. In such situations, if you have already agreed...

Summer Assessment Boards: advice from your branch

Last year, your Branch and Negotiating Secretaries reported on consultations with management about the imposition of REFER/DEFER Assessment Boards in early August from 2018/19. UCU consider this to be an attack on our time outside the teaching year which, according to...

More Reps please!

People who are the UCU reps in their local departments are the branch's lifeblood - and we need more! Reps are the first port of call for other UCU members in your department, including answering basic enquiries and signposting on to further support. Many reps then go...

Working more for less? It’s real. Join UCU’s campaign against workload intensification.

Our forthcoming Branch Negotiating Secretary has shown in the attached spreadsheet a comparison between the calculation of a work plan (using the Faculty of ACES systems) for  2017/18 (OLD) and 2018/19 (NEW). The headline result is that the NEW AWP calculation reports...

Your Union, Your Branch, Your Say

UCU Sheffield Hallam is the UCU trade union branch office for Sheffield Hallam University.  UCU is the national recognised body for all Higher Education and Further Education workers in the UK with over 120,000 members.  Our members comprise academics, researchers, administrators, librarians, IT Support, teaching postgraduates and hourly paid teaching staff.  Whether you are on a permanent contract or fixed-term, work full-time or part-time, the UCU is here to support you.

Become a Member

Visit the University and College Union website to become a member.

What We Do
Here’s just a few examples of ways that we support our members and help to maintain standards in education.
Collective Campaigning
The UCU works together with sister unions including the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and UNISON, to lobby Government and other bodies on education and employment issues.   UCU campaigns on a whole host of issues including fighting the privatisation of education, stamping out the increasing use of casual contracts and adds its collective weight to individual campaigns such as forced redundancies, victimisation and sexual and racial harassment cases. As an affiliate to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) the UCU sends delegates to the annual congress to represent the collective views of the members.
Supporting Workers
As well as offering support and guidance on general work related issues, Union Reps and Caseworkers are here to help individual members who may have a problem in the workplace.  Members can request someone to sit in on meetings with management if they feel they need the support or may benefit from the experience of a representative.   The UCU can also offer support to members in other areas including wills, lasting power of attorney, renunciation of executorship, probate, severance of joint tenancy, buying a newly built home, conveyancing, re-mortgaging and financial mis-selling claims such as payment protection insurance (PPI).
Get Involved
We are a democratic organisation so in order to ensure that we are speaking on behalf of all we need members to participate in the decision-making process.  Every month we hold branch meetings at City and Collegiate Campuses.  We look forward very much to seeing you there and hearing what you have to say.  If you have a particular issue that you would like to discuss at a branch meeting or to raise with the Committee please drop us a line.   If you are not a member already, consider joining us.  Together our collective voice can be a real force for change. Would you like to get more involved than simply attending meetings? How about representing the members in your Faculty? Perhaps one of the Committee roles appeals to you?  You can find out about the process and current Committee vacancies, and more information on how to become a Rep on this website.