On 18 July 2017 the KU UCU branch committee sent this open letter to the Vice-Chancellor Steven Spier:
Dear Steven Spier,
UCU members appreciate that in most cases in Phase 1 of Plan 2020 the university was able to avoid compulsory redundancies. However, we were disappointed that staff in Politics were subjected to the MOR process that forced them to apply and compete for their existing job. We also regret that, despite strong and rationale protests, senior management and HR have chosen not to slow down the ill thought through amalgation of film courses in FASS and FADA. Further we are concerned that KU is advertising for a Senior Lecturer, Year Leader Film: job ref 2942, while current staff are being retired or leaving under the VEP and VS schemes.
Going forward we reiterate our requests to make this cost cutting exercise less divisive and demoralising for staff by offering the following options to avoid the MOR process:
- VS and VER to all academic staff
- Planned moves from full time to part time
- Phased retirement to all staff over 55
- Redeployment options to all staff
We ask that such more humane approaches are adopted as we feel that this will not only be good for staff morale but for the wider reputation of Kingston University within the academic community. Despite having made this request at successive recent JNCC discussions, to date none of these more flexible strategies are being offered.
We note the disparity between staff levels; while Senior Managers have lost jobs through natural wastage or generous resignation packages, lecturers who are not responsible for damaging decisions in recent years , have been subjected to job loss through selective offers of VS/VER or MOR.
Nick Freestone KU UCU branch chair
Valerie Coultas KU UCU branch vice-chair
Rosie McNiece KU UCU branch secretary
KU UCU Branch Committee
We are calling for nominations for the following positions on the KU UCU branch committee:
Branch Membership Secretary
Branch Health and Safety Officer
Branch Equalities Officer
Branch Committee (four places)
Site Health and Safety Representatives (Kingston Hill, Knight’s Park, Roehampton Vale, and Penrhyn Road)
Nominations must be submitted to our Returning Officer Peter Hallward (P.Hallward@kingston.ac.uk, School of Humanities, FASS) by 17:00 on Wednesday 9 April 2014. You must use the nomination form and obtain the signatures of two supporters.
All candidates are entitled to submit an election statement (also by 9 April).
If necessary, elections will be held by Friday 2 May. Results will be announced at our AGM on 7 May.
For further details please see the Branch Election Regulations.
- This is the last week of the consultation period over management’s plan to shut down the school of Surveying and Planning
- Management’s conduct in this has been disgraceful – students were not informed until a month before the school was due to close, out of 20 lecturers 15 will lose their jobs
- To top it all off, there are plans to take the C-SCAPE centre, which is home to the department and was FULLY FUNDED BY THE DEPARTMENT ITSELF- £1.3 million was raised to build it
We need to send a clear message to management that we will not stand by while they carve up Kingston University.
Show your support for Surveying and Planning students and staff by joining the rally
JG Courtyard @ 13.00 Thurs 20 March
All members are invited and encouraged to attend our next branch meeting:
Date: Wednesday 19 March
We have a lot to discuss, including:
- Fighting the proposed closure of the School of Surveying & Planning
- Associate Professor applications and dilution of grade roles
- Marking boycott
- Course ‘hit lists’