Important
Important
Important We have issued detailed guidance for FE branches in light of the UK government's announcement that colleges in England are expected to reopen from 1 June. All guidance is continually under review. Please contact your branch or regional office if faced with an urgent issue.

Covid-19 HE

Information for HE members

Covid-19 crisis information and advice for member working in further education.

Key member news

​​​​​​​Universities' reopening plans are only adding to confusion

UCU calls for government support as poll shows students may defer study and consider changing university

New UCU report published which looks at the findings from the London Economics analysis of the scale of the likely impact of the Covid-19 crisis on higher education. It includes guidance for branches on how to use the findings at a local level: Protecting jobs in HE from the impact of Covid-19 [160kb].

See also the London Economics' impact report for Wales only. [1mb]

Government support package for universities doesn't provide protection the sector needs

New guidance for academic-related professional staff issued: UCU is aware that some ARPS staff in areas such as IT and facilities will need to attend on-site as part of skeleton staffing teams, to ensure that their institution can continue to function and to provide and maintain essential services eg, IT support for online teaching and learning. Please read our guidance for ARPS members here. [152kb]

UCU general secretary Jo Grady has updated members on the situation with regards to the ongoing USS and HE 'four fights' disputes in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

Research Excellence Framework postponement announced: UCU said the cancellation of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) is an opportunity to reform how research is reviewed and funding is allocated, and welcomed the news  saying it was the only sensible move in the circumstances.

UCU calls on UK Research and Innovation (on behalf of all the research councils) to be flexible regarding deadlines for funding bids but more importantly to get them to support the continuing employment of fixed-term contract researchers during the current period: UCU letter to UKRI: retention of fixed-term workers, 24 Mar 20 [202kb]

Reballots postponed due to Covid-19; pickets cancelled but action continues

HE-specific advice for members

Read the full UCU advice here