The National Campaign – We are not alone!

  1. #loveFE lobby of Parliament – 16 June

Preparations are continuing for UCU’s crucial lobby of Parliament on Tuesday 16 June – our first opportunity since the Westminster election to call for politicians to prioritise further and adult education.

If you intend to be at the lobby please register your attendance here. Full details of how to get involved and timings for the day can be found in this guidance document. Please also writing to your MP using the template letter in the guidance.

Coaches have been booked from many regions, but in order to facilitate maximum attendance at the lobby the union will pay for standard class train travel to Westminster for up to two representatives from each branch. Any branch from outside London who can bring more than two representatives should contact Matt Waddup (mwaddup@ucu.org.uk) or your regional office direct to discuss what further support we can provide. Please also contact Matt for sign-off prior to purchase if your ticket looks to be prohibitively expensive. An expenses form can be found here.

Please also take a look at our new #loveFE flyer and placard; to order copies please send an email to campaigns@ucu.org.uk. Finally, don’t forget to encourage your institution’s students’ union and management to attend the lobby. We look forward to seeing you at Parliament on 16 June.

  1. #loveFE – search for case studies

As part of the #loveFE campaign to save adult learning, UCU is collecting case studies which demonstrate how further education (FE) helps people from different backgrounds get on in life. These will help us to make the case for the economic and social benefits that adult learning can have.

We are keen to get some examples of people who have progressed through further education into higher education. The sort of information we are interested in is:

  • What kind of FE course(s) did you study?
  • What was the best thing about your course(s)?
  •         Did your course(s) help you get a job/promotion or go into further learning?
  • What do you think you’d be doing if you hadn’t studied the course(s)?
  • Why is FE important to you?

If you have any existing case studies, or know of any students who would be a good example of how FE can help people to access higher education, please send details to publicaffairs@ucu.org.uk.

  1. ‘End austerity now!’: People’s Assembly demonstrations in Glasgow and London – 20 June

Just two weeks remain before ’Scotland united against austerity’ in Glasgow and the People’s Assembly demonstration in London, both taking place on 20 June. All UCU branches are encouraged to attend and help build for these important events. Branches requiring leaflets for the London event should contact Ed Bailey on ebailey@ucu.org.uk.

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