Pensions seminar recording available

Our  pensions support official Chris Mason gave a seminar on the state of USS last week. It can be downloaded here as requested by members.

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Tell us when you’ll be picketing

Picketing on the days  we are taking strike action is an important way of making our strength visible.

We are using a google form to do this as it is secure and enables us to have easy access to the information we need each day. If you have problems, just contact the branch office at

Sign up here.

You can find the UCU guidance on picketing here.

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Posters to download and tweet as jpegs

Please tweet (tag us @UoNUCU!) and share these any way you can! You can download them as pdfs to put on your door at the links below.


Please click the links below to download posters with statements from:




fixed term research

hourly paid




permanent research


retired member




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Updated Industrial Action FAQs

Please find here the updated FAQs, with specific guidance on some new issues incorporated into the previous document. If you cannot find an answer to your query in the UCU guidance , please get in touch with the branch office on (0115) 95 14976  or 07462 400617



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Have you had your ballot paper? Have you posted it yet?


There will be a series of local meetings on the current USS pension struggle for UCU members and non-members next week (see below). The ballot on industrial action will close on 19 January (see If you have not yet filled in your ballot papers, please do so now urgently and send them off. Should you have misplaced or not received them, you can order replacement ballot papers here.

The meetings will be held as follows:

Monday 8 January, 1 to 2 p.m. in Room Trent B40 University Park with Matt Green (Branch President);

Tuesday 9 January, 1 to 2 p.m. in Room Pope A1 University Park with Bram Mertens (Branch Secretary);

Tuesday, 9 January, 1 to 2 p.m. in Room C45 Dearing Building Jubilee Campus with Andreas Bieler (Branch Vice President);

Wednesday, 10 January, 1 to 2 p.m. in Room A18 NMS Medical School with Bram Mertens (Branch Secretary);

Wednesday, 10 January, 1 to 2 p.m. in Room C1 KM King’s Meadow Campus with Andreas Bieler (Branch Vice President).

Thursday, 11 January, 1 to 2 p.m. in A30 Vet School Sutton Bonington Campus with Cyril Rauch (UCU committee member).



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Living close to the edge – stories of low pay and insecurity from Nottingham

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You can download a copy of the publication we produced and launched at our recent Living Wage campaign event here:

Living Close to the Edge D7-1 final

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This Friday’s UCU social event


UCU mayday party final

As in previous years, UCU will be hosting a party featuring dance performances, DJs and live music to celebrate May Day on Friday 5th of May from 5.30 pm onwards at Nottingham University Staff Club. Join and share the Facebook event here.

The event  will close with Soul on Ice DJs, of Rough Trade and the Social,  who will ensure the dancing floor is well used!

Live music will be courtesy of Down Home Special,  a talented trio consisting of guitar/vocals of Dean Hollingsworth, guitarist extraordinaire Richard Smith and the double bass of Stephen Peters, a veteran of the local jazz scene. Gigging regularly in various line ups, these three local musicians come together to bring you roots music from a range of genres. From slide to jump Blues/RnB, through Swing Jazz/Latin and even on occasion some Flamenco. Down Town Special focus on bringing high quality music, rarely heard classics, all with a fresh feel that can only come from the lively engaging dialogue between musicians improvising and creating right there in front of you.

Acclaimed flamenco dancer Laura Iñiguez will delight us with a powerful solo dance accompanied by guitarist Dean Hollingsworth. Laura is described as one of the most elegant yet fierce flamenco performer today. Her artistic career has conveyed the absolute passion of flamenco with determination and artistry. Laura brings a new dance piece to our May Day demonstrating her talent as a choreographer which promises to electrify the audience. She also teaches flamenco in Nottingham where she performs regularly.

Tickets are £5 for members (£10 for non-members, and children are welcome to come and eat for free)  which includes a delicious BBQ (vegetarian options available) and entertainment. Drinks will be available at the bar, but are not included in the ticket price.

Tickets can be purchased at the door but it helps us plan if you reserve tickets. Please contact Adele Williams  at to reserve yours. Hope to see you on Friday!


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