Kingston UCU branch

UCU is the recognised trade union for academic and academic-related staff at Kingston University, including those on temporary and hourly-paid contracts and PhD students.

As a branch we fight to protect and improve the terms and conditions of Kingston staff, and negotiate directly with management on policies and procedures that affect our members. We coordinate with colleagues in UNISON, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to stand up for the interests of everyone at Kingston.

We also provide support, advice and representation for members experiencing workplace issues like bullying and harassment, or going through sickness absence, disciplinary or grievance procedures.

The University and College Union (UCU)

Nationally, the UCU represents over 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK. It is the largest post-school union in the world. UCU negotiates nationally on salaries, pensions & employment conditions, and campaigns on issues like workload, casualisation and climate change.

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Recent Posts

Update from Health & Safety Rep

The latest news from our Health & Safety Rep, Fatima Felisberti:

Overview of Lockdown (local or otherwise) 

Kingston University H&S team is devising plans and considering closing buildings (or parts of them) in response to any new Covid-19 cases. In the event of a general London lockdown, I was told that:

the university will need to follow stipulations from Government and would move to having as many people working at home as possible and would aim to provide as much teaching online as possible. This would be the case for any other type of lockdown, local or specific to KU”.

Vulnerable staff
We were told at the Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee (JNCC) meetings that vulnerable staff would not be forced to be on campus for face-to-face meetings, but the staff in that group would have to talk to ther line manager in advance and arrange for alternative options. I have asked about how to address any eventual disagreements, but nobody replied to my question yet.
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The Covid-19 Secure Risk Assessment and Re-Opening Health & Safety Plan have been published on StaffSpace:https://kingstonuniversity.sharepoint.com/sites/staffspace/news/Pages/Health-and-safety-in-buildings.aspx – links at bottom of the page. [NB. these are not the most up-to-date versions of these documents]


Further details about possible lockdowns, track and tracing plans, and cleaning:
  1. Results of June Health & Safety Survey Leave a Reply
  2. Annual Leave – disappointing intransigence from management 1 Reply
  3. Branch Newsletter June Leave a Reply
  4. Black Lives Matter Leave a Reply
  5. Protecting HE Jobs from the impact of Covid-19 Leave a Reply
  6. Minutes of branch meeting April 21st Leave a Reply
  7. Wellbeing working from home and casualisation Leave a Reply
  8. Health & Safety update: Home workstation self-assessment 1 Reply
  9. Kingston UCU Covid-19 update (from JNCC meeting March 24) Leave a Reply