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Joint Statement between the University SMT and Universities and Colleges Union – CCCU

1. Introduction

SMT-CCCU and UCU CCCU acknowledge that:

a) Universities in the UK have been challenged in recent years by the demographic decline in 18-year olds as well as Brexit.

b) Covid-19 pandemic is causing all UK universities to face considerable financial, organisational and human challenges in 2019/20 and 2020/21 which are unprecedented.

c) Urgent and collaborative actions are needed to ensure that a credible, viable and sustainable – for the University and its communities – budget is prepared and maintained for the Academic Year starting 1 August 2020.

d) The principles that will lead our actions, negotiations will be based on a commitment to a collaborative problem-solving approach as the uncertainties of the current emergency unfold in, and beyond, the academic year 20/21.

2. Principles

In joint working we will:

a) emphasise the University mission and values set out in the Strategic Framework 2015-2022 and local and national UCU policies as represented by UCU principles and the set of joint principles agreed by UCEA and the five HE trade unions for working safely on campus during the Covid-19 pandemic .

b) continue to seek to work creatively, positively, in an open manner and with collectively agreed processes, wherever possible, for the benefit of staff, students and the communities that our University serves.

c) uphold the importance of the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff, students and communities of the University as paramount.

d) in reviewing staff costs we will seek to avoid compulsory redundancies.

e) maintain the financial viability and the ongoing sustainability and success of the University through positive commitments to the communities of the University and to medium and long term planning in these areas.

f) ensure our decision making considers an assessment of equality impact to ensure  equity and fairness.

g) Prioritise resourcing of teaching, learning and student support to ensure a safe positive learning experience for all CCCU students.

Rama Thirunamachandran,          Bryan Hawkins

Vice-Chancellor,                             Chair UCU-CCCU

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