Former senior lecturer in philosophy, University of Sussex
Feb 20, 2021 • 19 tweets • 5 min read
1/ A thread on why universities need to keep teaching online for the rest of this term.
2/ The government's last guidance to universities was issued on 3 February. It instructed HE providers not to offer any face-to-face teaching - outside exempt subjects such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science - until at least 8 March. assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/upl…
Aug 30, 2020 • 16 tweets • 4 min read
1/ The hardest sell in the package that UCU issued overnight is not the demand to move all (or almost all) teaching online. It is the demand that universities 'scrap plans to reopen campuses'.
2/ 'UCU said that demanding over a million young people move around the UK to attend university made no sense [...] UCU said the push to get students back on campus was being driven by a dangerous desire to get back to business as usual, before it was safe to do so.'
Mar 22, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
1/ Bill Galvin, CEO of #USS, shills for a third runway at Heathrow airport. thisismoney.co.uk/money/comment/…2/ Let's leave aside how outdated this article - with its frequent invocation of taking the long view - looks a mere three weeks later.
Aug 24, 2019 • 15 tweets • 13 min read
It's been pointed out that the 9.1% offer UUK negotiators made to UCU at the #USS JNC on Thursday contained a 'ballot moratorium clause' (the so-called #bullyclause) which immediately made it unacceptable to UCU negotiators.
But it hasn't been pointed out yet that, in their public statements about the offer yesterday, @adamtickell (the chair of the EPF) and @UniversitiesUK have given inadequate summaries of this clause.
Hi Carlo, as an ordinary UCU member I am concerned about process. In her email today (reproduced at ucu.org.uk/article/9424/L…) Sally Hunt says that all last week, 'working through ACAS' she pressed UUK on the issues of a joint expert panel and ...
meanwhile taking 'the current proposal to axe the guaranteed pension off the table'. She then says 'The proposal from UUK is their final response to that pressure from UCU'. This suggests (a) that there were informal contacts between Sally Hunt and other UCU leaders and UUK ...