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Article about baneful influence of HEFCE on research

Read the article - and scroll down for the letters - in the London Review of Books.

Ross McKibbin assesses the impact on university of research of the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE)'s new "Research Excellence Framework". Richard Bowring and Iain Pears write trenchant letters in support.


Branch newsletter out now

Download our March newsletter (pdf) for the latest news on the IOE redundancies campaign.


Special workshop on redundancy

Any UCU member whose post is at risk in the current round of management cuts is invited to a meeting in room S13, in the Students' Union, between 12:30-13:30, on Wednesday 3rd March. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

* the branch has produced guidance notes on redundancy for UCU members and their managers


Letter to Director of Administration about redundancies at IOE

Today, the branch wrote a letter to the Director of Administration (pdf) in response to his paper "Reductions in staff costs at the Institute".

* we have since received the minutes of the meeting of 12th February


Branch meeting

Stop redundancies at the IOE! Come to this meeting for all members. Make your views known. Join the campaign.

Date:   Wednesday 24 February
Time:   12.30-1.30pm (sandwich lunch provided)

Venue: Room S13, Students’ Union

  • The UCU is committed to fighting redundancies and education cuts, nationally and locally.
  • The UCU branch is committed to defending members whose jobs are threatened and to defending the quality of scholarship, research and teaching at the IOE.

You will have received an email on Friday 12th February from the Director. The text of this email was presented to UCU executive members at the end of a three-hour consultation meeting earlier today.  

  1. The IOE management has not made the case for the cuts they are proposing.  
  2. They have a legal obligation to make this case – and to consult properly on what they are proposing.
  3. The branch executive has not agreed to anything.
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