16th November - UCU staff and students lobby of Court of Governors.
On Monday 16th, the next Court of Governors meeting is due to occur at 5pm at Chelsea
College, which is at Milbank, next to the Tate Gallery. All members are asked to
do their utmost to attend and lobby this meeting from between 4pm latest to at least
The nearest tube stations are Pimlico, which is about a 5 minute walk, or Vauxhall
about a 10 minute walk. Busses to use include: 2, C10, 36, 77A, 88, 185 and 436.
See map attached
More students are joining the sit-in and occupation, which is in full support of
staff at the university and to oppose the unacceptable actions of management to push
through course closures without following due process.
The students have a money bucket available for donations to help them purchase food
and drink and I would urge as many staff as possible to both arrange collections
at their colleges to support students and to organise for those collections to be
sent over to the LCC and put into those buckets to help the students who are helping
us - the staff.
If every UCU member gave at least £1 to this cause, this would provide
over £600 to help our students to a successful outcome.
Help the students win this battle and you will at the same time be helping some of
your colleagues save their job and work to prevent unacceptable course closures.
5th November - Joint Unions meet Rector:
Following Barry Lambert (Joint Unions Secretary at UAL) lodging a formal identification
of a dispute on behalf of the Joint Unions at the UAL, concerning 2 of the 4 dispute
issues already lodged by UCU, the Joint Unions met management on Thursday 5th November
to discuss these issues. The two common issues being:
the proposal for a single Redundancy Procedures Agreement to apply to all staff at
the UAL (see attachment below),
the second being the issue of the failure of the university to follow the procedure
for course closure as set out in the Universities Course Closure Policy (see attached
The Rector has agreed to read carefully the tabled draft RPA from the Joint Unions.
However, the Rector is still standing by the completely illogical situation that
he believes that Sandra Kemp has followed the procedure for course closure?
Please open up the Course Closure Policy attached (below) and look at the wording.
Management have failed miserably to follow either adequately or at all, the associated
parts of the process that are referenced in the policy (highlighted in blue text)
except the single line at the start of paragraph 3 (highlighted in red text), which
states that the Head of College can close courses?
When devised, it is obvious that the Policy was supposed to ensure that once due
process has been followed, it is not the role of a Dean of a Board of Studies, or
other persons to officially close courses, but the responsibility of the Head of
It is illogical for management to reverse the rationale that was behind the production
of this policy and to imply that the Head of College can simply close 16 courses
(on a whim) without following the due process.
Unless this totally unacceptable situation can be turned around immediately, UCU
will have no alternative but to progress the motion passed by members to seek Head
Office approval for industrial action.
At the meeting last week, I identified that unless we had some substantive move on
behalf of management on the course closure issue, UCU officers would be left with
no alternative but to indeed progress the motion as stated and passed by members.
UCU officers cannot wait longer than a further 5-working days post the meeting last
week to achieve some substantive move on behalf of management, otherwise many of
the staff and colleagues who we are trying to protect will have been made redundant.