Events (11th February 2021):

1. Cardiff Lunchtime Talk Series – Thursday 18th February 13:10-14:00 

Next week, we will have Dr. Woon Wong, Reader in Financial Economics in the Cardiff Business School, and Dave Atkins, our UCU pensions officer, talking about “Understanding Pensions: Conversation and Q&A”

Thursday 18th of February 1:10-2pm

Register here.

We hope to see you there!

2. Heart Unions Week 2021 – Free Film Screening of “The Big Meeting”  TODAY 7pm

It is ♥ Unions Week and the Cambridge Trades Council will be hosting an online screening of “The Big Meeting” documentary about the annual Durham Miners Gala (UCU Eastern & Home Counties Regional Committee donated to enable to make the film). This will be followed by a live Q&A with the film makers and one of the organisers of the Gala. The screening will be via Zoom at 7pm on Thursday 11th Feb and the link is below. This will be especially poignant viewing whilst we are in lockdown but hopefully be a positive experience to see and feel something we can look forward to returning to.

Trailer can be viewed here 

Facebook Event here: “The Big Meeting” free film screening with live Q&A | Facebook

If you can’t make it on the night or would like to get your own copy of the film, the filmmakers -Shut Out the Light, are kindly offering the DVD for trade unions for a limited period for £5 instead of £7.50, people just need to go to to redeem it.


3. Annual adult & continuing education national meeting – Saturday 27 February 2021 


This meeting is for branch delegates from UCU branches working in adult and community education and employed in local authorities or the voluntary sector. Each branch may send 2 voting delegates which must be elected by a quorate general meeting or by a quorate branch committee meeting and the registration deadline is the 19th February. You can find more details here.

If you are interested in attending as a Cardiff UCU delegate, please get in touch with the branch, ideally TODAY so that we can vote the delegates at the GM tomorrow.


4.  Wales green transitions network event – Friday 26th February at 14:00 online.  


During the next decade, we foresee the climate emergency impacting upon our professional lives. To ensure that this transition is fair, UCU is working closely with TUC Wales to drive a green recovery and a just transition, building strength in our workplaces and liberating the expertise that sits in our institutions.


Timed to closely follow the 10 February launch of Wales TUC’s ‘greener workplaces for a just transition’ toolkit, this event will give you the opportunity to explore how you can root a just transitions agenda in the workplace.


• Learn – from UCU reps who are already taking this work forward

• Share – your own experiences, successes and challenges

• Network – be inspired and supported to make the change happen

• Access – training, advice and continuing professional development


Please join by clicking the link on this page.

Upcoming Events January 27th 2021:

1.  Thursday lunchtime talks and discussions
We are pleased to announce two series of lunchtime events hosted by Cardiff UCU and taking place on Thursday lunchtimes throughout the semester:

‘Resist! The future of collective action and unionisation’ is a series of research talks in which our very own experts on political organising reflect on how their research can inform our actions and those of the broader union movement. Talks will be followed by discussion.
‘Understanding Cardiff: perspectives from members’ is a series of casual conversations in which members with particular expertise explain and take questions on some of the most pressing issues facing our branch.

The timetable begins with the following two talks. You can see the full programme here.

Understanding Covid 19: Conversation and Q&A with Professor Trevor Dale
Thursday 4th February 1:10-2pm

‘Unions in the Datafied Workplace: Covid-19 and Beyond’ — Professor Lina Dencik part of Resist! The future of collective action and unionisation
Thursday February 11 13:10-14:00

2.  Open bargaining webinar: Thursday 4 February 2021, 17:00 – 18:30
UCU National is organizing a webinar on open bargaining. Join Jo Grady and a panel of speakers, including a colleague from a tertiary education union in the US and an industrial relations academic from the UK. The speakers will explore the concept of open negotiations and reflect on the practicalities of the approach in practice. Participants will be asked to reflect on the pros and cons of the concept and what ‘opening-up’ the bargaining process within our sectors and workplaces might mean.

The deadline for registration is Monday 1 February 2021 and you can register here.

3. Holocaust Memorial Day
Each year on 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the millions of Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust, as well as other victims of Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides.
The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. UCU branches and members are encouraged to observe the day by reflecting on the different forms of darkness we face, from identity-based persecution to denial of justice – as well as the ways in which we can ‘be the light’ through acts of solidarity, resistance and education.
This year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is also organising a national online memorial ceremony at 7pm; we encourage UCU members to attend this and join those across the country in lighting a candle at 8pm to commemorate those killed in the Holocaust.
Register here for the national digital memorial event at 7pm on 27 January.