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 Brink, at, and send emails to us at Thank you!

Some of the messages already received are below the fold. 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 stated that ‘It is critical that we support the strike to defend a democratically ran University for the sake of a supportive learning environment.’

The full article is available on the Chronicle site.

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UCU hosted meetings (open to all staff) on the Research Expectations document

Are you concerned about  the University’s Research and Innovation Performance Expectations document?

Many people are….

Newcastle University UCU has held a series of open meeting for you and your colleagues  around the University and in many individual schools /units . If you would like someone from the committee to come and talk to your school /institute/unit please contact the office

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Newcastle UCU Town Hall Meeting

Newcastle UCU invites you to a Town Hall Meeting

Raising the Bar?

Why we should resist target culture

5.00 pm               25 November 2015

 Herschel Building Lecture Theatre


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

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.

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Aberdeen University staff vote against job cuts

9 June 2015. Aberdeen University staff vote against job cuts.   In a ballot of UCU members at Aberdeen University, 73% have voted for strike action (on a 58% turnout). The University is proposing to cut 150 jobs and has refused to rule out compulsory redundancies.  Please show your support by signing the petition calling on management to work with the union to find alternatives.

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QAA reviews could be abolished

8 June 2015. QAA reviews could be abolished. According to an article in the Times Higher, Universities would be freed from cyclical reviews by the sector’s standards watchdog, which generally take place at established providers every five to seven years. Instead, it will be “assumed that a provider continues to meet the baseline requirements unless or until material evidence emerges to suggest otherwise”.

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Welcome to the new website

We hope you will be a frequent visitor to our new website. It will take some time to build this up but we hope to be able to use to it to communicate more often with our members and perhaps reduce e-mail traffic.

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Welcome to UCU at Newcastle Uni.

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