The Guardian have put out a call for anonymous submissions on the issue of institutional and direct racism on UK university campuses. We encourage you to submit your accounts.
We would also like to bring to your attention a few news stories that have focused on the University of Birmingham in the past few weeks.
1. Article published by Redbrick Newspaper
UNISON’s work on this issue has been mentioned in the article, together with a quote. We have also published a statement by a member who is angered and disappointed that UoB have not thought about transgender staff when designing New Core: https://uobunison.org.uk/new-core-trans-staff
2. Article published by Middle East Solidarity Magazine
4. Article published by Times Higher Education
This article covers the issue of workload allocation for academic staff in the College of Arts and Law (the college proposes to cut academic staff’s time for undertaking research, implying that they should be doing research in their own time):
coordinating the Fossil Free campaign (asking the University to stop investing in the Fossil Fuel Industry) submitted an open letter to the VC, signed by more than 1,000 students, all Guild Officers, and dozens of staff. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/fossilfreeUoB/
We can only hope to come across positive news about the University becoming a Living Wage Accredited Employer, negotiating meaningfully with the trade unions, giving us the pay rise we deserve, bringing Edgbaston Park Hotel staff in-house…