UNISON meal

UNISON meal: Yesterday, branch committee and active members went out for a meal (photo attached). Next time, we would like to organise a social event where all branch members would be invited. If you have any ideas of what exactly we could do and where, please get in touch. We are considering organising a Karaoke […]

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Branch and Emergency HE motions on the Dubai campus to be discussed and voted on 12th December

Meeting on the 12th of December to vote on two Dubai Campus-related motions (5pm in 417 Muirhead Tower) At the next UNISON committee meeting, we will be voting on two motions regarding the Dubai Campus: a branch motion, and an emergency UNISON Higher Education Conference motion (the Conference will take place in early January). Please […]

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Durham University’s PhD student Matthew Hedges sentenced to life in prison in UAE

We are saddened to hear the shocking news that today, Matthew Hedges (Durham University PhD student) has been sentenced in UAE to life imprisonment.  BBC – live updates https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-tyne-46238426 BBC – article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46288510 FT: https://www.ft.com/content/53ceb434-ed7c-11e8-8180-9cf212677a57 The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/matthew-hedges-jailed-life-sentence-court-trial-uae-abu-bhabi-british-academic-a8644476.html   According to FT, his sentencing is for ‘allegedly spying on behalf of the UK Government’; a family spokesman said that […]

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University of Birmingham managers refuse to lobby the UAE for Matthew Hedges’ release ‖ MP raises concerns with David Eastwood ‖ A vigil will be held on 19th November

We are deeply concerned about the safety of staff and students on the Dubai campus. We wrote a letter to the university with a series of questions and reassurances that we need from them (the letter is available here http://uobunison.org.uk/letter-dubai-campus) but all we received was a vague response with a series of links to intranet pages.  […]

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[Guardian article] University of Birmingham warned of risk to LGBT rights at Dubai campus

This is just a quick post to flag up an article published by The Guardian on the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus: It reads: ‘Staff and students at the University of Birmingham have warned that LGBT rights are not adequately protected at its new campus in Dubai where being gay or transgender risks imprisonment, flogging and execution. They have […]

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