UCU are planning to run training sessions on Monday 6th February from 12.00-13.00, repeated 13.00-14.00 in Committee Room 2 in the Registry Council House, led by Lydia Richards, Eastern Region regional official. This training is designed to help UCU reps and members help other members. It will provide you with basic advice about what is happening in relation to the REF at UEA and is intended to provide a way in which we can support each other through this process.
We are hoping to persuade as many as possible of you who do attend to pass on the information to colleagues who are members of UCU and perhaps to accompany them to early stage meetings with their Heads of School / HR. You will not be expected to provide detailed advice to members. Any such advice will be available from our trained caseworkers who will take on any cases which are problematic. However, we anticipate that over the next few months many members will be approaching UCU having been told that they need to see their HoS about their prospects in relation to the REF. During the Integration Project we did something very similar and many members came forward agreeing to accompany members who had been informed that their post was at risk of redundancy. Those who did, some of whom were themselves at risk of redundancy, found this very worthwhile both in terms of helping fellow members and in terms of understanding their own position. Needless to say, the many members who were helped by our volunteers were very grateful.
Please try to come along and, although we are hoping that as many of you as possible will then take an active part in supporting fellow members, we do not require you to commit to this. You can decide after you receive the training.
For more information about REF @ UEA see Local news