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April, 2012:

May Day March










The second Exeter May Day March will be held on Monday 7th May, 2012 (11:00am. Assemble in Cathedral Yard.) If you are a UCU member why not march with others to demonstrate against the cuts being made in education, to our pay and to our pensions and to show solidarity with other union members in the South West region. The march will assemble at 11:00am in the Cathedral Yard. Contact Dave O’Toole at the Exeter Regional  UCU Office if you want flyers or placards for the day. email: dotoole (at)

Download the poster here

University of Exeter UCU Branch Elect 20-strong Commitee

Jonathan Gosling - Co-President

Jonathan Gosling - Co-President


Juliette Stephenson - Health and Safety Officer

Juliette Stephenson - Health and Safety Officer


Avril Mewse - Treasurer

Avril Mewse - Treasurer


The UCU branch at the University of Exeter recently held their Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting was well atttended and simultaneously broadcast to staff at Tremough Campus, Cornwall.  A committee of 20 was elected. Co-presidents: Professor Jonathan Gosling, University of Exeter Business and Professor Jo Melling, College of Humanities with Professor Jo Melling as acting Secretary, Policy Officer: Professor Alan Gregory, Health & Safety Officer: Juliette Stephenson, Membership and Recruitment Secretary: Justin Pollard, Treasurer: Dr Avril Mewse, School of Psychology.

Four members are new appointments: Academic-related Officer: Neil Abel, University of Exeter Business School, Communications Officer: Tim Cooper, School Rep for College of Humanities: Richard Seaford and Equality Officer: Dr Kimberley Ward. The full committee and their contact details are listed on the UCU branches own blog at


UCU May Day Bash – Music Drinking and Dancing from 8:00 till late

If I can’t dance, I don’t want your revolution!” said Emma Goldman.

Come along, let your hair down and celebrate May Day. The UCU May Day Bash will be held at Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath, BA2 6AA. All are welcome. Bring a friend.

Tickets are available from or from


A Day in the Life of UCU: This is what we do.

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The University and College Union (UCU) represents more than 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.

UCU is the largest post-school union in the world: a force working for educators and education that employers and the government cannot ignore.

It was formed on 1 June 2006 by the amalgamation of two strong partners – the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and NATFHE-the University & College Lecturers’ Union – who shared a long history of defending and advancing educators’ employment and professional interests.

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Briefing at Bristol University on the new HE Negotiating Pack

Paul Bridge presents the new HE Negotiating Pack

Officers from South West Region, Wales and Gloucestershire recently attended a briefing at Bristol University on the new HE Negotiating Pack. The pack has been produced so that UCU lay officers are freed up to engage in local bargaining whilst having to hand clear guidance on National Policy. The packs  were presented by Paul Bridge who developed the materials and Dominique Lauterburg (NEC member). Dominique will sit on the newly formed National Ratification Panel (NRP) which will consider where local negotiations  impact on national policy. It is expected that the new resources and arrangements will considerably improve the speed and efficiency of negotiating at local level and allow lay officers to strike the best deals possible for their members.

Union officers study the new HE Negotiating Pack


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