Welcome to UCU Bradford College blogsite



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Welcome members, prospective members and public,
We set up this site to keep members informed on the Defend Education at Bradford College campaign. That campaign has been a success. In May, we were all put under threat of redundancy and so far there have been no compulsory redundancies. We did have to say good bye to colleagues taking VR and we wish them well in their lives outside the College. However, there is still the unresolved situation in ESOL with 9 FTE still under threat. So, there’s still more to do.

The government are clearly showing full disregard for FE and adult education. They are continuing to chip away at our funding streams. We must continue to pull together and keep the Defend Education campaign going.

Below you can read and see pictures of our activities over the last academic term and we intend to keep this up-to-date with current events and matters of interest.

If you are a lecturer at Bradford College, and you’re not a member of UCU, we urge you to join.
If you are a member, please help us and make sure everyone in your area is a member.


Pay & TAP Day

At an angry UCU branch meeting this week the Pay 2016 motion  was passed unanimously in response to the news that at UCU’s Further Education Committee on the 4th March our pay campaign was, by 2 votes, called off.
The anger from members at the meeting was such that, from the floor, an amendment to the motion  was called for to continue to pursue a fair pay claim here at Bradford.
To add to the fun of TAP day Bradford College UCU will be holding a stall from 8 am in the foyer of the DHB. Please stop by.
We will also be showing Witness, a film made by UCU and initiated by the UCU Black Members’ Committee, chronicling the lived experiences of black members in Post 16 Education.
Umit Yildiz, presently undertaking research into Prevent, will introduce the film.
Join us in  4F-27 from 12.30 -1.30 (Come after the staff briefing)


There’s power in a union (or two or three)

Dear all,
Huge congratulations to all those who participated and supported this week’s historic joint UCU and Unison strike action for fair pay in FE! It was fantastic to see Unison members on the picket line at DHB.
The day was a great success. Highlights included:  incredible photos of busy picket lines from colleges all over the country.
In her speech, Sally Hunt, General Secretary congratulated strikers and paved the way for further action: “If we have to do this again, then we do. Every step of the way challenge AoC’s policy. We should be very proud’
 Gorden Marsden, Shadow Skills and FE Minister showed once again Labour support for our strike, for our vision of education and our concerns about the upcoming area reviews  –
Great coverage in the national and local press, even the Daily Mail!
You may also be interested in:
UCU ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference – video report now available
UCU held its annual ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference in defence of public education at the weekend and we were delighted to welcome Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as well Natalie Bennett from the Green Party, UCU’s Sally Hunt and Channel Four News economics editor Paul Mason. Jeremy Corbyn spoke about the value and necessity of education and gave a stirring defence of trade unions.


Real show of strength between colleagues today. ‪#‎powerinaunion‬! ‪#‎fairpayinFE‬ ‪#‎UCU‬ ‪#‎unison‬   and College IWW members  taking a stand and saying enough is enough! Workload up + pay freeze = very unhappy staff

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For more coverage nationwide see here. BC made it onto the cut! https://www.ucu.org.uk/fepayengland


Fame for Bradford College Engineering

FE News reporter caught up with one of our Engineering Lecturers who attended the recent UCU Cradle to the Grave Conference.

Read about it here:

UCU #cradletograve conference – what the FE delegates had to say

You can see highlights from the conference here:



Join Industrial Action with UCU and UNISON over pay

UCU and Unison National Pay Strike

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Joint Unions Picket outside David Hockney Building from 7.30am onwards

UCU along with Unison (support staff) will be taking action this Wednesday, 24 February, 2016 in support of our claim for fairer pay. We are pleased to say that UCU members will be joined on strike by Unison members who have also voted to support strike action.

Pay is crucial, while we all work for our students, we expect a fair reward. The average further education (FE) member has lost around £5,950 as a result of pay not keeping up with inflation over the last five years.

If you have not visited yet find out how much you have lost here. https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8086/FE-rate-for-the-job

At Bradford College we have been put on a contract that increased our workloads and delivered, we have been told by senior management, 8% more in terms of productivity for not a penny more.

In fact the last time we saw a pay rise it was sufficient to cover our IFL membership! In addition we have all seen colleagues leave the college with the corresponding increase in our workloads. Ill health and sickness due to stress related factors is at an all-time high.

Bradford College along with other colleges need to demonstrate they value their staff.

This action is for everyone’s pay regardless of whether you teach FE or HE , are an assessor or a coach, whether you are security, cleaners or support staff.

Stand up for FE and stand up for staff

Support this strike action. Join your picket on Wednesday 24th Feb

Print out the attached poster.

JOIN UCU TODAY AT : https://www.ucu.org.uk/join

UCU Recruitment Week at Bradford College

Usual suspects presenting a united front!



Bradford College have just been part of UCU’s national Recruitment Week holding a stall each morning in the DHB.

Firstly, it has to be said that the vast majority of lecturers passing the stalls were already members. It is clear that the density of membership  of the branch is very high most lecturing staff in the college are members of UCU. This is important for non-members to be made aware of. During the week we spoke to a number of no-members and we will be following those staff up.

If you are aware of any non-members please make them aware of this blog and they can see what we’ve done.

Remember, we welcome anyone working in the college who have a teaching and learning role:

  • lecturers: full-time, fractional and part-time hourly paid;
  • trainer assessors;
  • progress coaches.

All welcome and all represented!

If you are aware of staff who have yet to join UCU please direct them to: http://www.ucu.org.uk/join

Bradford College UCU Branch out in force once again

Bradford College UCU took up our placards once again. We took part in the national strike action to demand a pay rise and proper investment in FE.

Thank you for your support. We had solid picket lines and know the vast majority of lecturers did not go into the college.

Our workload is comparable to that of school teachers but our rates of pay are not.

We also had messages of support our colleagues at Bradford University and members of Unite and the IWW supported us on the picket line.

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