UCU NW Employee Safety Checklist for Temporary Homeworking

We have received a number of safeguarding enquiries from FE branches. To assist members in ensuring that the working environment is as safe as reasonably practicable, the following Employee Safety Checklist may be used in line with the adapted HSE Home Working Guidance and all other safety duties that still apply.

The completed document can be passed to the relevant line manager to assist in the monitoring of safety and to support any requests for additional resources that may be needed to assist home working for individual members.

Employee Safety Checklist for Temporary Homeworking

Mental Health in a Modern Workplace: 4th March, Mechanics Institute, Manchester

UCU reps come face to face with mental health issues on a daily basis. This conference aims to draw out some practical approaches to helping members and reps gain confidence when dealing with these issues.

Speakers include:

Jo Grady, UCU General Secretary,
Hazards Campaign, Education Support Partnership, Zero Suicide Alliance, Thompsons Solicitors, Janet Farrar UCU NEC

The meeting will be from 10:30 -15:30 (registration from 10:00) Refreshments will be served on arrival. There will be a light lunch available for delegates and afternoon refreshments.

Register here.

For further details please contact:


0161 772 7011

NW Black Members Network Meeting 25th September from 18:00 at Thompsons Manchester

A message from Blaise Nkwenti-Azeh, UCU NW Regional Equality Officer (Black Members):

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to invite you to a meeting of UCU NW Black Member reps on Wednesday 25th September 2019.

The venue of the meeting is: Thompsons, 55 King St, Manchester M2 4LQ

Reasonable travel and other expenses will be reimbursed.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the setting up of a UCU NW Black Members’ Network which will serve as a forum for engagement and development of our Black Members in our region.

The Black Members’ Standing Committee lobbied some years ago and secured dedicated funding from UCU for initiatives that will enable Black Members be more involved in the Union. For the past couple of years, the Union has allocated £2,000 to each region.  This has seen the creation of Regional Networks in the Yorkshire and Humber, Midlands and several other regions. The visibility of members from these regions in Union structures has also increased as a result.

Our meeting on 25th September will look into the setting up of a Network in our region and how we can increase the participation of our members at the upcoming Annual Equality Conferences.

I hope you’re able to attend the meeting and look forward to seeing you.

It would be helpful if you could confirm your attendance by emailing henorthwest@ucu.org.uk

Best wishes,


Blaise Nkwenti-Azeh

UCU NW Regional Equality Officer (Black Members)

UCU at MANCHESTER PRIDE Friday 23rd – Monday 26th August 2019

UCU are again proud to be supporting and attending the Manchester Pride event to campaign and support LGBT+ equality.
We have an Expo stall situated in the indoor arena on Bloom Street that will be open on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August, drop by and say hello or pick up some teaching resources / information packs / posters or some pride freebies. If you need any advice LGBT+ Members Standing Committee officers and regional equality officers will be available to support ucu individuals on both days.

This year apart from the usual street events, there is a brand new site @Mayfield with a fantastic festival lineup: Years & Years, Emeli Sandé, Basement Jaxx and Faithless DJ sets, Bananarama, Freemasons and headlining on the Sunday, Ariana Grande. The Manchester Pride Parade theme is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, this starts at 12 noon @Beetham Tower Deansgate and follows a route through Peter Street, Oxford Street, Portland Street, Princess Street, Whitworth Street and finishes in Fairfiled Street near the Manchester Pride Live @Mayfield.

“We do not believe that FE is held in high regard by the new administration” – UCU responds to the loss of the Skills Minister

Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has led to the loss of the Skills Minister Anne Milton. The role has now been subsumed into Gavin William’s brief as Minister of Education. As UCU’s Paul Cottrell states: “We do not believe losing the dedicated skills minister is a positive step for further education or suggests the sector is held in high regard by the new administration.”

Click here for our response.