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Volunteer Zoom host needed

For most of 2020 the Branch has been holding regular Zoom ‘drop-in’ meetings and we now need one or more volunteers to take over as hosts for the meeting.

Zoom meeting
A Zoom meeting in progress **

The meetings are usually held about twice a month for an hour. Operating the Zoom software is not complex and the main duties of the host are simply to set up the meetings, to send out link(s) to members (or publish them here on this blog), and to make sure the waiting room system prevents any unauthorised access. It is not expected that the host should chair the meeting or take notes though of course she or he may do so if preferred.

Zoom runs on Windows and Macs as well as on mobile devices using iOS and Android platforms.

Please contact the Branch if you can offer your help.

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16/12/20: Branch drop-in via Zoom

We will be holding the last of our fortnightly Zoom ‘drop-in’ meetings for the time being on Wednesday 16 December 2020 12:00-13:00

Zoom meeting
A Zoom meeting in progress **

The meeting ID and link are shown below. There is no need to enter a password as there will be a waiting room system in place.

As usual, the meeting is open-ended and no minutes are taken. All members are welcome.

Please contact us if you wish to raise any questions but can’t make the meeting (ideally no later than 09:30 on the day of the meeting).

Topic: UNISON University of Kent Branch Drop-In
Time: 16 December 2020 12:00-13:00

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/95256639047

Meeting ID: 952 5663 9047

** Image adapted, with thanks, from a photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

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News Pay in HE

Members say no thanks

UNISON recently held an online consultation to guage the views of Higher Education (HE) members in the light of the 2020-21 pay freeze.

Under the banner of ‘Thanks For Nothing’ the consultation closed on Monday 30 November.

Subsequent to this the HE Service Group Executive (SGE) have met  and considered the results of the consultation. HESGE has decided that a dispute should be lodged with the employers. The intention is that the pay campaign will be escalated and that planning for industrial action may proceed.

Find out more

Higher education members reject ‘insulting’ pay freeze

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Brains not Banks – UoK unions petition

Please support this joint initiative by UCU and UNISON on behalf of all University of Kent staff. As 2020 draws to a close and we wonder what might lay ahead it’s time to say “Enough is enough”: https://forms.gle/P5LSAaSmkZVtDZXg9

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News Pay in HE

Remember to vote this week

A reminder that the ballot for the UNISON General Secretary Election closes at the end of this week (to be precise it’s at 17:00 on Friday 27 November).

The online consultation on HE pay continues until 30 November. Find out more

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Our next Branch drop-in: 02 Dec 2020

We will be holding the next of our fortnightly Zoom ‘drop-in’ meetings on Wednesday 02 December 2020 12:00-13:00

Zoom meeting
A Zoom meeting in progress **

The meeting ID and link are shown below. We are no longer using a password as this was blocking some members from accessing sessions.  As usual, the meeting is open-ended, with no firm agenda or minutes taken, and all members are welcome.

Please contact us if you wish to raise any questions but can’t make the meeting (ideally no later than 09:30 on the day of the meeting).

Topic: UNISON University of Kent Branch Drop-In
Time: Dec 02, 2020 12:00-13:00

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/95256639047

Meeting ID: 952 5663 9047

** Image adapted, with thanks, from a photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

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Our next Branch drop-in: 18/11/2020

We will be holding the next of our fortnightly Zoom ‘drop-in’ meetings on Wednesday 18 November 2020 12:00-13:00

Zoom meeting
A Zoom meeting in progress **

The meeting ID and link are shown below, and we have now disabled the password option which was blocking some members from accessing sessions. Our apologies for this (Zoom was creating a random password instead of the one the organiser thought he had created.)

As usual, the meeting is open-ended, with no firm agenda or minutes taken, and all members are welcome.

Please contact us if you wish to raise any questions but can’t make the meeting (ideally no later than 09:30 on the day of the meeting).

Topic: UNISON University of Kent Branch Drop-In
Time: Nov 18, 2020 12:00-13:00

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/2977508484

Meeting ID: 297 750 8484

** Image adapted, with thanks, from a photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

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DfE guidance: student testing and getting home at the end of term

Here are links to the newly published DfE guidance on student testing and getting students home at the end of (autumn 2020) term.

DfE press release https://www.gov.uk/government/news/christmasguidance-set-out-for-university-students

Full DfE guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses/student-movement-and-plans-for-the-end-of-autumn-2020-term

 

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Pay in HE

Consultation on HE pay freeze

The ‘New JNCHES’ provides the collective bargaining framework within which most UK Universities operate. The employers’ side, UCEA, made it clear during the summer and in subsequent discussions that no uplift to pay spine points was going to be offered in 2020-21.

UNISON’s Higher Education Executive have elected to hold an online consultation to guage members’ opinions nationally, and this will run 03-30 November 2020.

Full details of the Thanks for Nothing consultation.