Four Week Marking Motion – Action needed

Please read and act on the attached link below for the Motion on marking turnaround  which was passed overwhelmingly at our recent General Meeting on the 28th November 2018. It seeks to ensure that the issues in marking/feedback delivery is discussed at every Board of Studies by the people who really understand what is involved in actually implementing such a policy.
We are encouraging members to :-
  • meet with colleagues in your own department to discuss the motion and the issues raised by the policy
  • contact your Chair of the Board of Studies requesting that the motion be put on the agenda of the next meeting of your BofS for discussion and decision
  • let our Branch Administrator, Vicky Cattini know when you have done this and what happens (email

To read the motion please click on this link Motion on marking turnaround

Thank you

Gender Pay Gap Report and Open Letters

The 2017 University of York Gender Pay Gap (GPG) report was published last March. At the University of York the GPG is on average 19.31%. Fighting the underlying causes of this shocking figure should be a priority. While the report states that addressing the GPG is a high priority to the University’s senior team, they have fallen very short when it comes to taking responsibility for it and proposing a way forward.

Many colleagues have expressed their disappointment and anger at the desultory tone of the report, and a group of them have drafted two open letters, one to the Vice-Chancellor and the other to the members of the University Executive Board, the Registrar, and Pro-Vice-Chancellors of the University of York. The open letters can be found on the links below, and urge senior management to prompt and meaningful action on the GPG.

Open Letter to Vice-Chancellor re Gender Pay Gap
Gender Pay Gap Open Letter

The York UCU exec committee is supportive of these letters and have contributed to their content. However, this is a joint effort beyond the union and includes a wide range of staff. We urge you to sign and circulate these open letters to friends and contacts who may not be in the union, particularly students. We are the university and this affects us all.

Selecting the new Vice-Chancellor

Please sign our open letter, you can find the link below
As you all know the University of York is looking for a new Vice-Chancellor to replace Koen Lamberts who is due to move to Sheffield in October. UCU thinks that it would be only right and in the spirit of our view that “WE are the university” that UCU and York students are represented on the panel which will select the next VC.
For that reason we urge you to sign and circulate the open letter to the Registrar and Chair of Council (link here), who will lead the implementation of the selection process. Please encourage friends and contacts who may not be in the union, particularly students, to do likewise.
Since we need to get this matter resolved REALLY soon, because the selection process will be under way shortly if not already begun, we are asking you to do this by Friday 20 July at latest.