The Surrey UCU Branch
Once a year Surrey UCU holds an AGM, which is open to all members to attend. At the AGM the local committee is elected. Any member of Surrey UCU who wants to stand for election to the committee is able to. All members are eligible to vote for the committee.
If you are interested in standing for the local committee get in touch with one of the existing committee officers or faculty representatives. Elections (and the AGM) usually take place near the end of the academic year. If it is a long way until the next AGM, get in touch anyway as there are some circumstances under which the committee may be able to co-opt additional members.
Branch meetings are meetings to which the whole branch (all members of Surrey UCU) are invited. These meetings often focus on specific issues. For example, the pensions dispute, upcoming strike action, or local redundancies. They may be primarily about disseminating information (and for this purpose will involve an invited speaker), or may be called in order to find out what branch members think about an issue. Other branch meetings are more general.
Committee meetings are attended by the local committee, and sometimes regional officers. Other people may be invited to attend. These meetings are more frequent and deal with any ongoing day-to-day issues. They are also used to plan for branch meetings.
Branch committee members
(from November 2020)
President: Jon Weinbren: firstname.lastname@example.org
Casework Coordinator: Barbara Steel: email@example.com
Treasurer: Annette Kratz
Health and safety: Alison Cottell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Equality and Diversity Rep: Claire Edwards: email@example.com
Committee Member: Rosalind Malcolm: firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Member: Barbara Steel: email@example.com
Committee Member: Nigel Gilbert: firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Member: Alison Cottell: email@example.com
Anti-Casualisation Officer Rep: Vacant
Press and Publicity: Vacant
Teaching Fellow rep: Ilknur Aktan
Pensions Rep: Vacant
Postgraduate Rep: Vacant
Central Services rep: Vacant
Joint Negotiating Committee
The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) meets on a quarterly basis. In addition, if matters arise in between formal meetings then ad hoc negotiating meetings are set up. The JNC comprises representatives from the three main unions present on campus: UCU, UNISON and UNITE. The management side comprises a ‘range of specialisms designed to balance representation across staff groups and to provide a good understanding on different University issues’. The union side meets beforehand to identify our agenda items and management similarly presents its list of items.
Casework and Representation
Please find a Casework Report here for those seeking more information: Surrey UCU Casework Information
If you feel that you are in need of UCU advice or UCU representation, please contact our UCU Branch Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Office Hours: Friday 10:00 to 17:00
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