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Meet Your Local UCU Reps – Tuesday 24th May

Come and meet your UCU representatives, discuss local issues and discover what your Union is doing for all staff at Imperial College. We will be talking to members, and potential members, on Tuesday 24th May 2016, 12:00pm – 2:00pm outside the SCR on the 2nd floor, Sherfield Building.

Come along and find out more about us and the reasons why it makes sense for you to join UCU you including:

  • UCU negotiates your pay directly with College – more members  = greater influence
  • UCU represents staff on Health and Safety, Equality & Diversity Committees. Join us and have your say
  • UCU meets with Senior College management representing your interests
  • UCU can provide advice and support on a range of issues: bullying, harassment, redundancy etc
  • UCU membership is tax deductible and postdocs can join at reduced rates. For subscriptions see:
  • As a UCU member you will have the power to influence and improve the terms and conditions of your employment and working environment

Contact us for an informal discussion or apply online.

See here for the UCU 6 reasons flyer.

If you are already a member then please encourage your colleagues to join UCU.

‘Have Your Say’ campaign

The Faculty of Engineering launches a campaign against Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment which deserves merit! For a link see here.

The main points are:

Taking action

  • In the Faculty of Engineering we have taken the following actions:
    we have set up a special external hotline run by Confidential Care (CIC), the College’s current employee assistance provider, where you can speak confidentially to a professional counsellor on the issues affecting you and your colleagues and remain anonymous (if you wish)
  • We have tasked CIC to produce a strictly anonymous report indicating the scenarios and key issues
  • We will use the report to challenge any behaviours that detract from the fantastic environment we work in

You have a voice!

  • Take action and do not tolerate poor behaviour
  • You do not have to suffer in silence
  • Silence gives people permission to continue in their poor behaviour


Pensions update April 2016

Despite considerable objections by UCU members, the USS Pensions Scheme is changing, starting in April 2016. Further information on these changes can be found at the main UCU site. UCU is negotiating on your behalf on the latest changes to the USS Pensions Scheme


Members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) had been in dispute with their employers after the umbrella group, Universities UK, tabled detrimental changes to USS pension benefits in autumn 2014.

UCU members have voted to accept new proposals for their pensions and not restart a marking and assessment boycott at 69 UK institutions. Two-thirds (67.1%) of those who voted agreed to accept the new proposals.

Pensions campaign

USS changes 2015-16

Members will have seen communications confirming the ballot outcome and the ending of the USS dispute. A candid report from the negotiators is also available (Appendix of UCUHE/241, PDF)

Imperial College has strongly criticised the deficit valuation methodology as have some other universities, UCU and independent analysis by First Actuarial and the respected education newspaper The Times Higher Education

Local Pay Negotiations until 2015

Local Pay Bargaining takes place on an annual basis at Imperial, involving negotiations between the College and the Joint Trade Unions (JTU), during which the joint Trade Unions negotiate pay on behalf of all staff at Imperial College whether or not they are members of a Trade Union.

Local Pay Negotiations 2015

The Joint Trade Unions at Imperial College have received from the employer a revised proposal concerning the 2015/16 pay settlement for College staff. In light of this new proposal (an increase on the employer’s previous ‘final’ offer, to 1% or £450) the current consultative ballot of UCU members is being halted.

The joint trade unions were informed by Imperial College management that the letter containing the ‘improved award’ was to be posted on the College’s pay bargaining webpages, thereby preventing the joint trade union negotiators from taking a considered view and responding within the context of the agreed pay negotiations framework at Imperial. This highly regrettable disregard for the agreed processes undermines recognition of the trade unions at Imperial College and puts at risk our ability to conduct pay negotiations in good faith.