This is a slightly modified version of a piece I wrote for the Times Higher. Last week, UCU finished the business of its 2018 Congress, which… Read more “The people have spoken. What have they said?”
On Thursday, UCU will reconvene the abortive 2018 Congress which ended early, after disputes over the debate of motions of no-confidence in, and censure of, the General… Read more “Martyrdom in Manchester?”
I was in attendance at the recent UCU Congress in Manchester as an observer, meaning that I was in the hall but did not have the right… Read more “What happened at UCU Congress 2018”
At the time of writing, the afternoon of Thursday 8 March, we seem to be in the endgame of the USS dispute. Oxford University has reversed its… Read more “Learning outcomes”
Any member of UCU is aware that the internal politics of the union is dominated by two factions, UCU Left, and Independent Broad Left. This is perfectly… Read more “On factions”
We have recently ended a dispute on pay, casualization, and the gender pay gap. Though the dispute fizzled out in a manner which is becoming familiar, it… Read more “Gender pay gap”
The great radical journalist Alexander Cockburn, son of the even greater Claud Cockburn: October 19, 1985 The Best Tunes I open my mail. I find a letter… Read more “Campaigning”
Saving the souls of Vice-Chancellors through kinder, gentler governance.
I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath, where we recently toppled the highest-paid Vice-Chancellor in the land after nearly a decade of campaigning on transparency in pay and governance. In November of last year, Bath was criticized by HEFCE who acknowledged that our campaign had been ignored by management who would have done better to pay attention. Since our success at Bath, campaigns have been established at other universities, and the questions of governance and executive pay have become central.