Diary & Events

27 February – 3 March 2017, Recruitment Week

A number of school and faculty UCU events for members of staff and students interested in joining UCU, or talking about their concerns with UCU members and representatives; meet other existing and prospective members and find out what UCU can do for you, Newcastle University and the higher educations sector, see the week’s schedule.

24 February 2017, Pay inequalities…

12-1pm Agriculture Building,  Clement Stephenson  Lecture Theatre (ground floor)

Jan Deckers will be giving a talk: “What pay inequalities are acceptable within our university?” In this presentation, Jan provides a sketch of his theory of fair pay, which was developed in ‘Fairness in Newcastle: Theory and Practice’, a book chapter that was published in: S. Davoudi and D. Bell (eds.) 2016. Justice and fairness in the city. A multi-disciplinary approach to ‘ordinary’ cities. Bristol: Policy Press, 249-264 (Chapter 13).

All welcome (staff, students, members of the public)

8 JUNE, 2016: Newcastle University UCU AGM

The Newcastle UCU AGM 2016 will take place on Wednesday 8 June 1-2pm in G5 Daysh Building

Agenda (sent to members via email, with attachments):

  1. Apologies
  2. President’s opening remarks
  3. Minutes of the AGM 2015
  4. Reports and questions
    1. Officers  including Health and Safety
    2. Congress
  5. Treasurer’s Report   including subscriptions and the budget for 2016/17. A motion will be presented to accept the budget. There will be no proposal to increase the local subscription this year.
  6. Election of Auditor  –  Jack Hale is proposed
  7. Results of Newcastle UCU Elections
  8. Report on local ballot and EGM re RIPE and RtB
  9. Pay Campaign – report and future action
  10. AOB


The next General Meeting of the Newcastle University UCU branch is  Wednesday  9 March 1 -2pm in Percy Building room G.05

Deadline – This is the calling notice for motions to UCU Congress. All motions should be sent to ucu.office@ncl.ac.uk by 10am Tuesday 1 March

  1. Be given a title of not more than 10 words
  2. Be not more than 150 words in length (excluding the 10 word title)
  3. Be clearly marked  that they are for either Congress or for HE Sector Conference




An update meeting on Raising the Bar and research measurement and an opportunity to discuss TEF for  will be held on Tuesday 23 February 12.30 – 13.30 in Rm 4.20 Newcastle Business School, Barrack Road. Joan Harvey speaker . All welcome members and non members.


Wednesday 24 February An open meeting  for all for post graduate teachers and demonstrators and hourly paid staff  at Newcastle University will be held in Ridley Building2 @1.15 room 1.63. Come and help us get improvements in your employment  terms and conditions and hear about the latest negotiations


25 November 2015 – Newcastle UCU Event  – Town Hall Meeting

Raising the Bar? Why we should resist target culture


Liz Morrish is Principal Lecturer in English, Culture, and Media at Nottingham Trent University.  Her background is in linguistics and she is currently studying the discourse of managerialism in UK universities – a discourse influenced by neoliberal politics.  In its various forms, neoliberalism celebrates the free market and, significantly, the value system that flows from that.  In this culture, all public institutions feel obliged to cast themselves as simulacra of profit-making organisations.  In its manifestations in the public sector, including universities, the transactional nature of real markets is supplanted by a pseudo-market involving competition.  Dr Morrish argues that this acts to distort what most academics hold as key priorities of universities.

She blogs about her work at Academic Irregularities https://academicirregularities.wordpress.com/

John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology at Nottingham University and founder of the Campaign for the Public University. He is editor of A Manifesto for the Public University (Bloomsbury 2011) and blogs regularly on higher education issues for the Campaign for the Public University, Research Blogs, Open Democracy, Sociology and the Cuts, and Universities in Crisis.