2015 branch elections

Nominations are now open for the KU UCU 2015 branch elections. Nominations are invited for the following positions:

  • Branch Chair
  • Branch Vice-Chair 
  • Branch Secretary
  • Branch Membership Secretary 
  • Branch Treasurer
  • Branch Health and Safety Officer
  • Branch Equalities Officer
  • Branch Committee (four places)
  • Site Health and Safety Representatives (state which site: Kingston Hill, Knights Park, Roehampton Vale, or Penrhyn Road)

Nominations require the signatures of the nominee and two supporters (who must be branch members) and should be submitted using the nomination form (see below) to the Returning Officer Mike Roberts via email (michael.roberts@kingston.ac.uk) or mail (address: Andy Higginbottom, FASS, FAO Mike Roberts).

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 17:00 on Wednesday 22 April 2015

If you would like copies of the nomination form or further information either on the nominations and election process or on being a committee member, please email Simon Choat (s.choat@kingston.ac.uk). Election results will be available no later than the Branch AGM on 20 May 2015.


Mitie’s Strategy in Practice: the view from below

Time: 12.30

Date: Friday 20 March

Venue: JG4006, Penrhyn Road campus


  • Phil Miller, investigative journalist at Corporate Watch
  • Cleaner, from Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB)

Mitie’s CEO, Kingston graduate Ruby McGregor-Smith, was due to speak at the Kingston University’s Business and Law Faculty on 12 March on the theme of ‘Strategic Challenges for the Outsourcing Industry’.  The corporation was already under heavy criticism for persecuting cleaners organising for the London Living Wage and other basic rights. Then Channel 4 News exposed horrendous conditions in Mitie-run detention centres. McGregor-Smith’s lecture has been cancelled, but she is still celebrated on the university’s ‘Wall of Fame’. It is vital that there is a critical debate on Mitie, the outsourcing industry, and what this means for human rights.

The Channel 4 News report reveals:

  • Home Office staff admitting that conditions in Harmondsworth are ‘shit’ and that detainees are not allowed cameras to photograph inside the centre because the government ‘don’t want the bad publicity that would entail’
  • A guard saying that the new Mitie management has ‘fucked this place up’, making staff work more shifts and get less rest: ‘It’s just gonna break. There’s only so much people can take,’ the guard warns
  • Paul Morrison, Mitie’s most senior manager at Harmondsworth, telling detainees that they will be locked inside their cells for two hours longer at night as part of the company’s new contract
  • Detainees living in unhygienic conditions with pigeons flying around inside, overflowing drains, rotting food in the kitchen, and bed bugs in their cells
  • A detainee suffering injuries from what appear to be epileptic fits
  • Mitie guards selling counterfeit clothes to detainees that had been confiscated at customs by the UK Border Force

(Source: Corporate Watch)

Event sponsored by:  KU UCU

Branch meeting: Wednedsay 28 January

Time: Lunch (provided) at 12:30pm, meeting starts at 1pm

Date: Wednesday 28 January

Venue: FL6239, Kingston Hill campus

Agenda to include:

  • Report on B&L Points System and discussion
  • Tier 4 overseas students
  • Promotion and Progression
  • Report on UCU survey
  • Issues raised by members

Solidarity with Warwick students: Wed 10 Dec

An event to show solidarity with students at Warwick University, who were viciously attacked with tasers and CS gas during a peaceful #FreeEducation protest on the Student Assembly day of action against cuts and fees that will see a generation shackled with debt.

SEE THE VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6zDcYXCsec&feature=youtu.be

From Ferguson and New York to Cairo and the UK, people are fighting for their rights to a world without racism, war and austerity. But, all too often, they’re being met with a violent backlash from the police and the powers-that-be.

Police violence is endemic, and has recently taken the lives of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, among many others. Peaceful protest in response to injustice is under attack as we have seen on our own doorstep with the brutal treatment of the students at Warwick University.

We say that it’s time to end police violence. Let’s show solidarity with all those who are suffering political repression at the hands of the police – and that the movement against tuition fees, debt and cuts will not be intimidated into silence.

Meet at 13:00 on Wednesday 10th December at the front of Penrhyn Road Campus.

Branch meeting – Nov 2014

Time: Meeting 1 -2pm, sandwiches from 12:30pm

Date: Thursday 27 November

Venue: KPTK402, Knights Park campus

Agenda to include:

  • Proposed Business and Law Performance Points scheme
  • Students Not Suspects – Tier 4 register practice in FASS
  • TOMs in IT and Finance
  • UCU Survey
  • Points brought up by members

Come and have a say in your union: all members and prospective members welcome!


Branch motion on monitoring students

KU UCU Branch notes that:

a)      FASS has issued a circular directing academic staff to keep and report attendance registers on the grounds that as an institution KU is obliged to monitor Tier 4 visa immigrant students;

b)      implementing the procedure would entail extra work on academic staff with no educational benefit.


KU UCU believes that:

a)      asking staff to monitor specific groups of students undermines staff-student relationships;

b)      it is not appropriate for academic staff to be involved in signed registers or other forms of internal immigration control;

c)       the University has already put in place administrative arrangements compliant with legislation that were in operation last academic year.


KU UCU recommends that:

a)      KU UCU presses management to end the policy of Tier 4 visa monitoring;

b)      members do not implement the signed class register procedure;

c)       the University should continue to keep non-signing tick registers and use them to chase non-attending students for pedagogic and pastoral reasons irrespective of their visa status.


KU UCU resolves to:

a)      support all academic staff carrying out this policy;

b)      open a broad debate with UNISON, students and staff on this topic.


Do you think there’s room for discussion about the direction of Kingston University? The come to our Annual General Meeting!

Time: 12 – 2pm

Date: Wednesday 7 May 2014

Venue:  JG1007, Penrhyn Road


School closures — where next?

Building YOUR Union


Motions to the Branch

Open Forum — Have your say!

Guest Speaker: Feyzi Ismail from the Democratise SOAS and Fractionals For Fair Play campaigns


Solidarity for Lambeth College staff

UCU members at Lambeth College have voted unanimously to take indefinite strike action from Thursday 1 May against new contracts which have been imposed.

On Thursday 1 May, in addition to picket lines at the Brixton and Vauxhall Centres, there will be a Mass Picket at 7am outside the Clapham Centre, 45 Clapham Common Southside (Clapham Common tube station, Northern Line) to which we invite all trade unions.

There will be a solidarity strike rally at 6pm in the evening, at the Karibu Centre, Gresham Road, Brixton, called by Lambeth College UCU, Lambeth College Unison and London Region UCU. We’ll be serving hot food, and there’ll be placard-painting activities for children. All donations welcome!
Lambeth College Unison are currently balloting for strike action and hope to be joining us when their ballot closes.

The new contracts affect new staff, current staff who are promoted or wish to change their fraction and will also affect current hourly-paid staff. In addition management documents state that the new contract of employment may be rolled out across the board for all existing staff.

New contracts include:

  • increased working hours
  • extended working week
  • annual leave cut by 2 weeks
  • increased contact hour time by 1 hour
  • additional duties for no remuneration
  • a link between pay increments and capability
  • reduced notice of redundancy
  • drastically reduced sick pay

Please send messages of support to Branch Secretary, Mandy Brown, at mandybrowncow@yahoo.com.

2014 KU UCU Branch Elections

We are calling for nominations for the following positions on the KU UCU branch committee:


Branch Chair

Branch Vice-Chair

Branch Secretary

Branch Membership Secretary

Branch Treasurer

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.