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Support a national day of action to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK on Mon Feb 20

UCU CCCU encourages all members to gather in the pond area on campus at 12pm on Monday February 20.

CCSU international officer Krum Tashev has arranged the event to show solidarity with international students and staff and migrants.

It coincides with the One Day Without Us campaign’s day of action to highlight the contribution migrants make to the UK.

UCU CCCU is not asking staff to suspend or abandon existing lectures.

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Free speech debate to be held on campus with help of CCCU UCU

UCU members have helped organise a free speech debate on the North Holmes Road campus on Thursday January 26.

The event is free and open to the public.

See below for more details:

The Free Speech Debate Panel debate and discussion on the issue of free speech.

Old Sessions House, OG46, Longport, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1NX Thursday 26 January 2017 (18:00-20:00)

For more information email Jim Butcher: jim.butcher@canterbury.ac.uk

Free speech has become an issue of significant controversy. This debate will assess a number of key questions, including:

  • To what extent should freedom of speech be regarded as an absolute value?
  • Is it possible to draw a clear distinction between speech and action?
  • What constitutes hate speech and should it be banned?

Panelists:

  • Melantha Chittenden – National Union of Students LGBT+ officer.
  • Claire Fox – Director of the Institute of Ideas, BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze panellist, author of ‘I Find that Offensive’.
  • Professor Mark Hammond – former CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
  • Professor James Soderholm – Head of Humanities, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys.

Supported by: Christ Church students’ Union / Engaging Sociology / Politics Matters / CCCU UCU.

This event is open to the public.

NUS president Malia Bouttia set to speak at Student Union’s discrimination discussion

National Union of Students president Malia Bouttia is due to appear at a Christ Church Students’ Union (CCSU) panel discussion.

The event – January 23 6pm t0 8pm in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre (Old Sessions House Og46) – is part of CCSU’s One World Week.

Ms Bouttia will be joined by a range of speakers including Kent Refugee Action Network chief executive Razia Shariff and Christ Church criminology lecturer Fahid Qurashi.

The topic for the discussion “Religious and Racial discrimination in the UK”.

For more information visit the event’s Facebook page

This event is open to all students, staff and members of the public.

Facilitating the panel discussion:

•Krum Tashev – International Officer at Christ Church Students’ Union

Panel members:

•Malia Bouattia – President of NUS

•Hannah Dualeh – Equality, Liberation and Access Officer Bristol SU and NUS NEC Welfare place

•Razia Shariff – CEO Kent Refugee Action Network

•Fahid Qurashi – Lecturer in Criminology at Canterbury Christ Church University

Topics of discussion on “Religious and Racial discrimination in the UK”:

The panel members will look at topics such as:

•The rise of religious discrimination in the UK

•What the student movement is doing to oppose Prevent

•Racial discrimination faced by students

•Problems faced by refugees in Kent

•What is the effect of the Prevent agenda in society and in particular how it affects international students, students of colour and Muslim students

UCU strike 2016: A thank you from Connie, student union support and election of branch committee

Dear colleagues,

What an exciting week! We had great support for the two days Strike action.

Huge thanks to members who stood on picket lines especially in the cold and wet on Wednesday.

Some of you will know that the Student Union have shown their support and solidarity for us by making the Golden Apple Awards ‘a platform for their support’ (Krum).

This was a marvellous show of support and I was very pleased to accept the invitation to speak.

We were joined by a national UCU officer, Chris Nicholas and colleagues from Kent university; led by Krum, the Student Union President we walked in solidarity through Canterbury. Photos will be up on the website soon.

On Thursday we were invited to speak about the reasons for the Strike to the Post Graduate Conference, so thanks to the organisers: Nick Furze and Phil Hurst.

All staff will be shortly receiving an email asking if you were on strike. This is quite normal. The national UCU advice is to tell the truth. School Directors and Deans of Faculty will also be asked to report who they missed. This is more contentious but CCCU does do this. If in fact you chose to be at home marking you cannot have pay deducted; we are not obliged to mark on CCCU premises.

Now of course the hard grind of working to contract begins. Members have asked me what this means.  Basically, check your contract – most lecturers have a contract for 37 hours per week Monday to Friday; but yours may vary. There are guidelines on what the national UCU says on the website www.ucu.org.uk

In other news: the EGM passed the new Branch constitution; I was re-elected as Chair, Chris Harvey Branch Secretary, Richard Henson Deputy Branch Secretary, Bryan Hawkins Vice-Chair, Jim Butcher Treasurer, Ana Fernandez Membership Secretary. The full Branch Committee will be posted on the website.

I will be representing you at UCU Congress in Liverpool from 31st May to 3rd June. Full details will be posted on the website.

Kind regards,

Connie

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