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Aug 12, 2020 3 tweets 2 min read
UCU general secretary @DrJoGrady is on @BBCNews talking about the exam results shambles. You can watch live via bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/b… #alevels #AlevelResults
She says the eleventh hour move from the government to allow some students to pick their mock results is a farce causing more confusion.
She says that looking forward we need to consider shifting to a better system where students apply to university after they receive their results.

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Oct 21, 2021
UCU members across higher education are balloting for strike action in defence of pay, pensions and working conditions✉️

We represent a wide variety of professions and we need all your voices to be heard 📢

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🚨BREAKING: UCEA, the group representing uni bosses, has confirmed it is doubling down on real-terms pay cuts, refusing to even acknowledge casualisation & offering vague gestures on inequality & workload.

They are refusing to seriously negotiate.


UCEA's chief exec has written to our general secretary @DrJoGrady. In it, he lays out the employers' 'offer'

📉 Yet another real-terms pay cut, insultingly packaged as a "pay uplift"

❌Lip-service to pay gaps and spiralling workload

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We cannot negotiate with preconditions set by employers.

They need to get round the table, drop their insults, & start treating staff with respect.
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🧵Today, government cuts to arts and humanities courses were confirmed by @officestudents

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Here are the courses that are effected:

Performing arts

Design studies
Cinematics and photography
Information services
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The cuts aren't restricted to traditional university degrees either, and also target learndirect courses, which are aimed at upskilling adults in employment

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Higher Education negotiators from UCU,
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