It seems that it is bonus time again – or, as the University prefers to call it – PRPs (performance related pay). We all used to get a fixed sum when the University had done particularly well at something, which recognised the fact that success is achieved by all of us pulling together – whether that is teaching, supervising, catering or cleaning the toilets or a combination of all those things which makes life good. Now it is only the individual that gets a reward and we never know who gets the bonus, how much they get or why they got it (and why you didn’t get one!).
From Thursday 6 November 2014 UCU members will be asked to participate in a comprehensive boycott of student assessment and examinations activity.
Further details here
In response to widespread concerns about the impact of Vision2020 the following motion was passed unanimously at the branch meeting of University of Surrey UCU on 22nd October 2014
UCU University of Surrey branch:-
- Opposes centralised management targets as a means to individual appraisal/capability management
- Calls for the adoption and implementation of centralised performance targets to be suspended on an interim basis pending formal consultation with UCU and the other campus trade unions. This suspension should also include any individual cases under the capability procedure associated with these targets.
- Demands that MEQ scores, research quality scores and other targets drawn from unreliable and opaque data sets should not be used by the University.
- Calls upon union officers to enter into discussion with the other campus unions regarding concerns with the implementation of capability procedures.
Dennis Leech’s blog links to some excellent sources of information on the USS pension proposals.
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