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May 29th, 2020:

Branch Update 29/5/20

Dear Members,

UCU CCCU is currently working hard on a range of important issues and we are communicating with Regional UCU on a regular basis.

I want to assure you that your Health and Safety and Well Being are priorities for us and are at the core of our actions as we move beyond the initial  phase of the CV19 emergency.

At the Branch Meeting the following areas were discussed:

Bryan Hawkins is taking EVR (Enhanced Voluntary Redundancy) from teaching but remaining as UCU CCCU Chair till the end of Academic Year 20/21 this has been negotiated with the approval of UCU Regional Officers and was endorsed by UCU CCCU Branch. UCU CCCU exec believe this decision will help UCU CCCU focus on the very important period ahead for our University and HE. The current Executive will stay in post during this period to ensure as far as possible continuity, clarity and stability in the period ahead.

From July an additional 0.1 of UCU CCCu’s staffing allocation will be transferred from the Chair (Bryan) to Chris Biela as Health and Safety Representative. The Branch recognised Chris’ excellent work and the need to prioritise Health and Safety as we move forward.The Branch will be seeking support from members and Regional and national UCU on this vital issue.

The issue of holiday allocation was discussed – UCU CCCU) have urged SMT to adopt a 20 day carry over and have raised the issue of workloads preventing holiday and damaging staff well being. These issues will remain forefront in negotiations.

UCU-CCCU  agreed to contribute to the HEC’s advisory Branch Delegate Conference UCU CCCU’s reluctant acceptance, in the current situation, of the offer from UCEA in the Four Fights with the understanding that UCU CCCU and UCU will continue to negotiate and campaign in pursuit of local and sector-wide agreements on the four fights.     .

There was detailed discussion of the Branch’s position as we move towards a phase two beyond the emergency structures set up in lockdown and towards new academic year. As a result of this discussion the Branch accepted the proposal that the complexities of the situation necessitated a clear and transparent set of principles that can feed into negotiations at all levels of decision-making. The statement below is drawn from this discussion covering the main points discussed:

the national and local situation

avoiding and resisting redundancies

prioritising health and safety

engaging issues of viability and sustainability at CCCU.


The following statement has been produced on this basis

UCU CCCU Statement


Given the extraordinary circumstances and challenges we now face UCU CCCU consider a clear statement is needed outlining the principles that will lead our actions, negotiations and campaigning and our commitment, wherever possible, to  a positive collaborative  problem solving approach as the uncertainties of phase two of the current emergency unfold. 


UCU CCCU will continue to seek to work creatively with SMT and the governance of CCCU for the benefit of staff, students and the communities of our University, for the communities that our University serves and seeking representation at all levels of CCCU decision-making.


UCU CCCU will work creatively, positively and in an open manner through problem solving and collectively agreed processes wherever possible.


UCU CCCU will follow UCU National policies prioritising avoidance of redundancies and the importance of the Heath, Safety and Well Being of all staff students and the communities of CCCU (see UCU five tests below).


UCU CCCU will enter into negotiations and expect to be involved and to contribute positively to the decision making processes of CCCU  including those concerning the financial viability and sustainability of the University.


UCU CCCU consider viability – the financial health of the University to be directly linked to and inseparable from sustainability  – the avoidance of financial short-termism through a positive commitment to the medium and long term maintenance of the University’s ability to thrive and meet the needs of its communities and region.


UCU Five Tests

  1. Low national and local numbers of Covid-19 cases.
  2. A national plan for social distancing
  3. A comprehensive, clear and effective testing regime
  4. A whole [University] strategy for health and safety
  5. Protection for the vulnerable.




This statement will be presented to Governors, SMT, the Project 20/21 Group and UCU CCU will seek to highlight it in all contexts of decision making at CCCU. 


Please quote this document fully and directly in any contexts you feel as Branch members it is relevant and refer any problems and issues that arise on this basis of this document directly to me. 



Please continue to send comments, questions for your Branch and SMT to us.


Best Wishes,


Bryan Hawkins