Events (March 4th 2021):

1. LUNCHTIME TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS: Every Thursday 1:10pm-2pm

Today we had another lunchtime talk of the series Resist! The future of collective action and unionisation with Dr Jonathan Preminger talking about ‘Ideational Power: The Strategic Use of Ideas in Union Struggle’. Please let us know if you would like a link to the recording.

Join us next week for ‘Understanding Workload: Conversation and Q&A’ with Dr Martin Weinel, our Workload Officer – Thursday March 11th 1:10-2pm

2. UCU #BLM Stop Deaths in Custody/Justice for Refugees public meeting – TODAY 5pm

Solidarity runs both ways. Racism and fear blights our lives and keeps us divided.

You can still register here for this important event supported by our branch. Speakers include Shavanah Taj from the Wales TUC and Hilary Brown, Mohamud Hussein’s family’s lawyer. Please do encourage friends and colleagues to join us.

3. Food Poverty Is A Feminist Issue – Monday 8 March 6-7pm

People’s Assembly Wales has been campaigning for the new Welsh Budget to include giving free school meals to all children in poverty, as a step towards free school meals for all children. Join this rally broadcasting live on their Facebook page with Welsh and international speakers including author and activist Selma James and Rebecca Boden from the University of Tampere, Finland. Our branch is supporting this campaign and our anti-casualisation officer Renata Medeiros will share a message of solidarity from UCU at the event. You can find more details of the event here.

4. UCU Annual Meetings

Casualised Staff – Saturday 13 March 11am-4pm
This meeting is open to any member on a casual contract, including postgraduates. Members can join as branch delegates or self-register to attend. The registration deadline is tomorrow – 5th March.
The meeting elects an anti-casualisation committee to advise the national executive committee. It also sends motions to the union’s annual congress meeting to inform its work for the year, and it’s an opportunity to discuss how to step up the fight in all our branches.
For more information and to self-register, please use this link.

Academic related, professional staff – Thursday 18 March 11am-3.30pm
This meeting is open to those on professional roles in grades represented by UCU in Higher Education. Members can join as branch delegates or self-register to attend. The registration deadline is 11th March. Please get in touch with the office ( if you would like to attend as a delegate.

The meeting will hear reports on the work of UCU in relation to academic-related staff and discuss motions submitted by branches and local associations. The meeting will provide an opportunity to debate the challenges facing the union in general, and academic-related members in particular. Workshops will address particular issues for academic-related members.
For more information or to self-register, please use this link.

4. LGBT+ mental health webinar – Wednesday 17 March 4pm

UCU LGBT+ will host an online event about LGBT+ mental health on Wednesday 17 March 2021, 4.00- 5.30pm. You can register to the event here.