In response to the REF, to the move to £9k fees, and to the government’s attempts to underfund higher education, the University of Birmingham is adopting an ever-more draconian approach to the management of its staff.
Estimated REF scores are being used to discipline staff members, academic-related staff are suffering increased micro-management, the University appears to be moving towards the use of module evaluation questionnaires to monitor lecturer’s performance, departments are constantly under review (with the ever-present risk of closure), and staff pay continues to decline in real terms.
So now is the time to join the union! BUCU have been consistent in opposing managerialism, commercialisation, and a decline in staff terms and conditions. We support members targeted by management and we challenge all compulsory redundancies.
To join online, visit: https://join.ucu.org.uk