Vice-Chancellir's Open Forum kicking off @unibirmingham. First half on #Brexit, second on HE sector and research environment. Will #FairPayinHE come up? 🤔 #UoBVCForum #WeAreTheUniversity Image
Will university governance and executive pay discussed, given #DMUVC and @officestudents figures? #UoBVCForum
VC just been asked about @birminghamdubai and staff and student safety after #MatthewHedges jailing. Claims Uni would not have gone ahead with project if could not ensure safety of staff and students 🤔 #UoBVCForum
VC critical of #TEF methodology. Asked whether uni will choose not to participate in subject level TEF. Adopting a wait and see approach. Accepts need for accountability over public money. Wants sector to develop their own methodology #UoBVCForum
Great question from the floor, querying concerning messages academic staff receiving regarding the impact of fees review versus more update view today. VC says UoB is a 'university with resource' but nonetheless priorities and efficiencies will need to be made #UoBVCForum
After discussion about priorities, @BirminghamUCU rep asked VC THAT question about #FairPayinHE 21% drop in pay since 2009. No direct answer. Instead talked about discretionary payments and pressure on pay due to #USS contribution increases #UoBVCForum
VC explaining examples of UoB's civic engagement incl UoB School and public services academy. No mention of rejecting @LivingWageUK accreditation and outsourcing
of HAS into subsidiary company @EdgbastonPark where @BhamUniUnison not being recognised 😔 #UoBVCForum
VC asked about how to avoid re-run of #USSstrike. Says Unis need to have open and honest conversations. Also puts responsibility on staff/unions Signals industrial action which affects 'student experience' is corrosives
to public trust and damages support for HE 🤔 #UoBVCForum

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Sep 25, 2020
So line managers at the @unibirmingham are still telling non-student facing staff that they have to come in, despite latest gov guidance this week. They are denying that advice on office workers working from home apply to us. Meanwhile we’re told at the weekly H&S briefly 1/
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A full update on our Covid-negotiations - in a letter sent to @unibirmingham senior management - online now for full transparency

birminghamucu.org/2020/08/22/cov…
Key points:

*We object to the lack of mitigating safety measures in place for BAME staff

*We seek an equality impact assessment regarding the University's Covid-related provisions

*We oppose the University's imposition of a new workload model without our agreement
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