Tag Archives: Performance Management

A Local Victory of National Significance: Branch secretary’s report, 2015-6

This year, the branch secretary’s work has been principally concerned with our campaign against quantified research expectations that were elaborated in Research and Innovation Performance Expectations (RIPE/RTB) documents. All academic staff with a research element in their contract were to … Continue reading

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Successful end to dispute

The AGM of Newcastle University UCU on 8 June voted to accept the agreement negotiated on Monday 6 June between UCU and the university management, and to end the assessment boycott with immediate effect. Members applauded and cheered as branch … Continue reading

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Raising the Bar withdrawn

Negotiations between the University management and UCU took place yesterday, 6 June 2016. Newcastle UCU President Joan Harvey reported to members via email after the negotiations, as follows: Significant progress was made, including the withdrawal of the research performance documents … Continue reading

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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 Outdated.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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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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