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Words used so far to describe Newcastle University’s ‘Raising The Bar’ target-based performance management scheme

Unhelpful. Pointless. Terrifying. Stressful. Demoralizing. Counter-productive. Pernicious. Awful. Destructive. Unrealistic. Arbitrary. Unreasonable. Short-sighted. Ill-informed. Unethical. Bullying. Poisoned. Flawed. Unfair. Regressive. Coercive. Unsustainable. Immoral. Ineffective. Meaningless. Damaging. Outdated. Crude. Catastrophic. Narrow-minded. Madness. Risible. Big-Brother. Antithetical. Heavy-handed. Appalling. Vulgar. Absurd. Unacceptable. Wrong. … Continue reading

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Petition hits 2000 signatures

By Friday, only two days after it was launched, our petition had already reached 2000 signatures. Many signatories have left powerful comments about why our fight matters. There are comments from across the UK and the world, including many from … Continue reading

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Improving Research Together

A Proposal to Newcastle University Management and the  Newcastle University Community SUMMARY and PURPOSE Newcastle University exists to further human understanding of the universe for the benefit of humanity. The UCU recognises that in order to do this, performing well … Continue reading

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Striking for Fair Pay in Higher Education

Newcastle University UCU had an active picket line on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May in support of our strike for #fairpayinhe. We got support from students and joined colleagues at a regional rally on Thursday lunchtime. The campaign continues: … Continue reading

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Petition to Chris Brink at change.org

UCU has set up a petition calling on Chris Brink to say no to coercive performance management at Newcastle University. We are asking him to withdraw the Research Performance Expectations documents and instead sign up to a new, collegial, process, Improving … Continue reading

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Why we are Boycotting Assessment: A Message for our Students

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Assessment Boycott: A Briefing Note for Staff

From Friday June 3, 2016 UCU members at Newcastle University will be asked to take part in a comprehensive boycott of student assessment and examinations activity. This briefing note includes information about why we are doing this, and responses to … Continue reading

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Assessment Boycott: A Briefing Note for Students

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Newcastle University will begin a boycott of the marking process from 3 June 2016 unless a resolution to the dispute over performance management can be reached before then. We know that … Continue reading

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Messages of Support

Since starting out campaign, Newcastle UCU has received lots of messages of support from individuals and union branches across the country. If you’d like to show your support, please sign and share our petition, write to our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris … Continue reading

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Newcastle Chronicle covers the Research Performance Expectations dispute

The Newcastle Chronicle covered the dispute over Research Performance Expectations in an article on 30 May. Under the headline ‘Newcastle University professors set to refuse to mark exams and essays in targets row’ the local paper quoted an undergraduate who … Continue reading

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