The FAH REVIEW and Our University must not become bogged down in a degradation and fragmentation of ideas, values and judgement based on ‘cost-siloing’ and false economics (the micro-management and leadership of FAH by fabricated politically driven cost analysis and ever ‘deeper dives’ into financial data alone).
The answer is NOT cutting modules that do not reach artificial profit levels leading to ongoing and related disastrous cutting of programmes, then jobs, then opportunities for students, then support for our communities and resulting in our collective impoverishment.
Education is profit.
The University and SMT and their (and our values) must be involved in all Reviews.
For example if there is a decline in recruitment in FAH to what extent is the University’s performance responsible ?
Investment is a big issue. It is occurring at CCCU but not everywhere. What are the University’s objectives what are its current cost burdens and investments and how do these reflect values ?
Engineering and Medicine are being invested in at CCCU. The Arts and Humanities remain vital and the choice of investment in them is central to the FAH review.
STEM represents science, technology, engineering and maths. “STEAM” represents STEM plus the arts – humanities, language arts, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design, media and new media.
THE FAH REVIEW NEEDS TO INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES OF THOSE AREAS THE UNIVERSITY IS INVESTING IN.
REPRESENTATIVES of ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE SHOULD BE PRESENT AT FAH REVIEW AND A CONVERSATION WITH FAH STAFF FROM ACROSS THESE AREAS IS NEEDED.
IT MUST START NOW.
Leonardo Da Vinci is an early examples of someone using STEAM to make discoveries.Wikimedia Commons
The main difference between STEM and STEAM is STEM explicitly focuses on scientific concepts. STEAM investigates the same concepts, but does this through inquiry and problem-based learning methods used in the creative process the arts and humanities.
Why is STEAM important?
STEAM education provides students with the opportunity to learn creatively, using 21st century skills such as problem solving, visual communication, cultural awareness, multiple intelligences and multiple traditions of knowledge .
See how University of Kent has made the link:
Read the Independent on Steam
Bryan Hawkins Chair UCU CCCU
Your UCU CCCU exec is working hard to improve your working environment.
We are moving ahead with your priorities.
The current system is not fit for purpose. UCU CCCU are negotiating an Urgent Review of WLP with HR and SMT and with important interim decisions made by the end of this Semester.
WLP issues raised at Branch meetings and by you through discussion and emails will be central to this review. UCU members will be directly involved. The University can and must do better
Thanks to your efforts and the UCU CCCU exec’s, UCU CCCU HR and SMT are involved in a serious discussion to develop a new approach to the SS and the poor recent results. This must not be more of the same it must involve all staff. SMT must create an Action Plan by the end of this Semester to address the problems you experience.
We are currently TODAY supporting members with:
Disability issues, Legal Issues, Employment Rights, Early Retirement Requests, Return to Work Planning, Strong Representation in Disputes, Grievances and Investigations.
IN ORDER TO SUPPORT YOUR UNION AT CHRIST CHURCH AND NATIONALLY PLEASE VOTE IN THE UCU POSTAL BALLOT ON PAY AND CONDITIONS.
THE TURNOUT WILL DETERMINE OUR NEGOTIATING STRENGH BOTH NATIONALLY and HERE AT OUR UNIVERSITY.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR UNION – YOUR UNION – GET COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AND VOTE YOURSELF …….
Chair UCU CCCU
By the standards which our employers like to use university staff have achieved great things in the decade since the financial crisis. The sector’s income has increased by over £11 billion. Universities’ reserves have almost tripled. As we learnt only last week, more than 50% of young people now attend university.
We, the staff, have made those things possible. But over the same period the proportion of university spending on staff has dropped. The OECD has found that UK universities’ spending on staff as a proportion of income is 6 percentage points lower than the EU average. Our pay has repeatedly been cut relative to inflation, and our wages would need to increase substantially to return to the value they had at the time of the financial crisis. Even by employers’ own calculations, we have lost out to the tune of about 17% over the last decade.
Quite simply, our vice-chancellors no longer accept that we deserve to be rewarded for creating the world-class sector which they like to boast about.
Given how poorly we are being rewarded our claims in the current higher education pay dispute are modest. Every year UCU and other campus unions lodge a detailed claim to our employers covering job security, equality, workload, and pay. This year we are asking for:
One of the most detailed parts of our claim concerns casualisation. We are asking employers to agree to a framework for ending precarious employment, including:
This is not an opportunistic raid on universities’ bank accounts. We are just asking to be valued properly for our hard work. In many areas of this claim we are not demanding immediate action; we are simply demanding that employers get round the table with us and come up with a plan to start addressing some of the problems that make our lives and our work much harder than they need to be.
UCU has attended multiple negotiation meetings with employers over the past few months. They have offered us a pay ‘increase’ of 1.8%, which is well below the RPI index of inflation. On job security, equality, and workload they have essentially refused to negotiate.
Those of us who went on strike over USS last year will remember how effective our action was in getting an improved offer out of employers. The larger the mandate you give your union by voting in this strike ballot, the more likely it is that employers will make us an offer before any action has to happen. And don’t forget: if we do have to go on strike again, we are doing more than ever to support you through UCU’s fighting fund.
UCU general secretary