AGM 2015 and Committee Posts

This year’s UCU AGM takes place on Tuesday 9th June at 5pm in C320.

This year’s meeting will be held in two parts.  The first part will be open to all staff, with the following agenda items:
1.       Update and discussion on employee relations and the Vice Chancellor’s vision for the future of the University
2.       President’s report

The second part will be restricted to UCU members only, with the following agenda items:
3.       Minutes of the previous AGM
4.       Treasurer’s report
5.       Election of branch committee
6.       Any other business

After the meeting we will be adjourning to the Sekforde Arms for drinks and food, and we hope you will join us.

Officers and ordinary committee members are re-elected each year, with the new committee formally commencing on 1 September.

We welcome any enquiries from members about standing for the committee. There are a range of posts, which require different skills and entail different responsibilities:

President leads on all union- and employment-related activities the branch undertakes, chairs all general meetings and all committee meetings, and takes any other action on behalf of the committee.
Vice President takes on duties in the absence of the President and deputise for him/her.
Secretary calls general and committee meetings of the branch, circulates minutes of meetings, organises membership communications, and arranges notifications of local elections and ballot results to members.
Assistant Secretary takes on duties in the absence of the Secretary and deputises for him/her.
Treasurer has custody of the funds of the branch and makes payments as needed in accordance with the branch rules. The Treasurer keeps the books of the branch and presents the accounts of the branch for auditing as necessary, and presents the audited accounts to the AGM.
Membership Secretary is responsible for recruitment, for keeping membership records, and sending membership information to UCU head office or regional office.
Equalities Officer is responsible for staying up to date with relevant issues and monitoring development of equality policies within the institution, where appropriate encouraging and supporting local negotiations on equality matters. He or she monitors the casework relating to equality issues, supports members experiencing issues, and attends national and regional UCU meetings.
Health and Safety Officer represents UCU members on health and safety issues including participating in health and safety inspections and risk assessments, being the branch’s point of contact over health and safety issues, attending safety committee meetings, and investigating notifiable incidents.
Postgraduate Student Representative leads the branch committee’s work relating to postgraduate students. He or she is the primary point of contact for student members, the Student Union and UCU head office in relation to postgraduate student matters.
Ordinary Members sit on the committee and participate in the work of the branch as needed, including contributing to communications to members, attending meetings, sharing information from schools and services, and supporting union events.

As well as joining the committee, there are other ways you can get involved in the work of the branch, such as becoming a local rep. Local reps act as the link between members in their school or department and the committee. All types of skills and experience are valued.

Contact the secretary ( if you would like more information on any of the committee posts or to find out more about becoming a rep.

Leaflet on ARQM distributed to Senate, 6/05/15

UCU members of Senate distributed the leaflet below to Senate on 6th May. The UCU has a meeting set up with the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise on Thursday 14th. We are asking all academic members of staff to send us feedback on your views of the ARQM process, and how it has affected you or your department. You can send feedback to the Branch Secretary Any information you send will be used anonymously.

ARQM City UCU flyer