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Motions for EGM of Thurs 14 June 2018

Motions for debateInternational (non-EU) staff; Tier 4 Student Monitoring and 'Hostile immigration environment'; Congress disruptions

Motion 1: International (non-EU) Staff and Detrimental TreatmentUCL UCU notes:
That the UK government’s Hostile Immigration Environment (H.I.E.) severely impacts international non-EU UCL staff members:onerous application fees for visas, residence, and naturalisation, + NHS surchargeshindering career development due to uninterrupted residence requirementsThat 12.1% of UK academic staff are non-EU international citizens (source: HESA);That UCL defines itself as 'London’s Global University';That current UCL mitigation of the H.I.E. falls short of standards adopted by other UK academic institutions, consisting only of:Reimbursing costs of in- and out-of-country visas/visa renewals and Further-Leave-to Remain only for Tier-2 and Tier-1 visa holders; and,A maximally £10,000 immigration loan that needs to be repaid within 12 months.UCL UCU believ…

Tier 4 Visa Monitoring - Draft for discussion at 5 June 2018 Meeting

This is a draft document for discussion at the Tier 4 Visa Monitoring Meeting supported by UCL UCU Branch, End discrimination against international students at UCL!  Open meeting for Staff and Students 5th June, 16.00, Elvin Hall at UCL Institute of Education (20 Bedford Way)

Draft for Discussion on 5th June Statement of Principles on Tier 4 visa monitoring As staff and students at UCL, we recognise that international students lie at the heart of our institution. International students make an invaluable contribution to UCL’s dynamic intellectual climate and the important diversity of our university community. These are priorities which are consistent with UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy, including its commitment to cultivating global outlooks and sharing academic expertise for solving global problems through extending the global reach of our teaching, research, and academic partnerships.[1] Since 2012, universities have been increasingly involved in monitoring the compliance of internation…

Why we are advising you to reject the UUK offer - a message from the Branch President

Why we are recommending that you reject this offer: a message from the Branch president
Dear Colleague
As you will have seen, an offer was received by UCU on Friday 23 March, setting out some a proposal from UUK (the employers’ organisation).
This offer was quickly sent out to UCU’s membership by our General Secretary (Sally Hunt) who wanted it to go straight to ballot. This is in spite of the majority of branches around the country reporting members were confused about the content of the proposal, the definition of terms used, and what assurances we have about its outcomes. There was deep concern that this deal had not be negotiated at ACAS by our elected negotiators to improve the document or at least clarify its ambiguities.
The deal is now being put to members in what can only be described as a rush. The UCL UCU branch Executive is advising that the current shape of this deal contains too many dangers, crucial ambiguities, and potential traps to be able to recommend it
Here, I set out…

Transcript of UCU Branch Delegates Meeting 28 March 2018 - Discussing UUK Proposal

This is a transcript of the meeting that was typed in situ by a delegate in real time. It highlights some important points (in green) and the branches returning revise and resubmit or doubts feedback from their members.

We have not counted delegates who changed their members response on the basis of the documents shown in the meeting - we have only counted what their members actually told them, whatever the delegate's powers of divination.

Update: see Keele Branch's update in the comments below, and the York entry that has ??? can be changed to a members ballot that voted overwhelmingly to ballot the membership on the offer.