Taking action in higher education

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Stamp Out in HE

Information and materials on the Stamp Out campaign specific to HE.

Background information

The figures in the tables below were compiled from HESA (the Higher Education Statistical Agency). They show wide variations in how staff are employed in different institutions. Have a look for your institution's figures and compare them with others - they can be very useful for campaigning, for example by showing how comparable institutions have reduced the use of fixed-term contracts.

HE contract snapshot

UCU has written to every university in the UK where the union has a branch asking them to engage with us in tackling the abuse of casual contracts.

Hourly-paid staff and the framework agreement

In 2004 a historic agreement was reached between the national employers and trade unions for a framework of new pay structures across higher education.

Postgraduate employment: good practice

Thousands of postgraduates are employed in higher education, usually in teaching roles. It is important that they are treated in the same way as other employees and are fully supported as members of staff.

Research staff

Researchers in higher education form a large and distinct group of UCU members whose contracts of employment are often characterised by insecurity.

HE branch campaign resources

The aim of the resources on this part of campaign pages is to provide HE branches with resources to start campaigning against casualisation in their own workplace.