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:



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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National demonstration on 4th October at Tory Party Conference


You may be aware that a demonstration at the Tory Party Conference has been called. See the details here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/national-demonstration-conservative-party-conference

The national demonstration is on Sunday 4th October with events going on during the week, people can stay over if you have the time!

Anyone in the Bradford area get in touch with Barry 07971038779. They have train tickets available.

Anyone in Leeds or Wakefield, there are free coaches:

Coaches for main Demo Oct 4th 
Unite Members free Coaches:NEYH.4thOct@unitetheunion.org  provide: Name, Membership No, No of people incl, yourself. (Just say you’re a UCU member)
Leeds Trades Council free Coaches. Ring Leeds Unison  0113  245  8442  or email branch@leedsunison.org.uk  to book.

In other areas including Barnsley and Calderdale, please see the People’s Assembly site: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/transport_to_manchester

UCU are supporting this demonstration to highlight the cuts to education. Please see the flyer attached.

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.

Defending ESOL at Bradford College

This week, our branch secretary, Geraint Evans, was invited to speak to Bradford Community Broadcasting Radio during the Drive Time slot. You can hear him talking about the importance of ESOL at Bradford College here:http://www.podcast.canstream.co.uk/bcb/index.php?cat=Drive%20. Click on Drive Time and look for Thursday, 24th September, he’s half way through 5 to 6 podcast.

Many thanks from the Action for ESOL team.

You can also support us by downloading and adapting this letter to council %28v4 ucu.

Please adapt it and send it to your councillors and MP. The more pressure they get from different places the better.

Bad news as hard working lecturers finished for their summer break

As we were going off on our summer leave after a tough year, there came the announcement that the government were going to make a further 3.9% to the Adult Skills Budget (on top of the 24% cut already announced) and total withdrawal to funding the to JCP ESOL Mandation courses. At Bradford College, these courses represent 1/3 of the work carried out by ESOL Bradford lecturers.

So, when we thought it was safe to go on holiday, ESOL staff are now back in a redundancy pool.

Action for ESOL are taking steps to try to campaign against these really damaging cuts. Please see the http://actionforesol.org/

Locally, there is a splinter group Action for ESOL Yorkshire that is trying to co-ordinate action we can take across the region since this is going to hit all colleges.

The principal of Kirklees College has come out against the cuts: https://www.tes.co.uk/news/further-education/breaking-views/dear-mr-cameron-college-principal-warns-pm-danger-posed-esol

We are calling on the new principal of Bradford College to do the same and support Action for ESOL.

We are also inviting you to continue to help us campaign to protect the quality and provision of ESOL and adult education.

One suggestion to fill the gap left by proper investment is that volunteers and neighbours can help teach ESOL: https://www.tes.co.uk/news/further-education/breaking-views/opinion-how-ease-pressure-a-creaking-esol-system.

So, what can you do?

If you are an ESOL lecturer, continue having your summer break but don’t forget that your union is here to support you. The contacts in the previous post still apply.

When you come back, be ready to continue the fight for quality jobs and education in FE.

In solidarity,

Defend Education at Bradford College

Solidarity spans the regions

Our sisters and brothers from UCU South West Region held a stall at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival in Dorset at the weekend. Ann Jarvis from Yorkshire and Humberside Region was also there. At the end of the weekend they had £90 which they have generously donated to the strike fund for the staff at Bradford College ‘in solidarity and support of your amazing resilience against attacks.’ Many thanks to them.

UCU stand

This donation is very much welcome.

As we start the summer holidays 17 posts are still in danger of compulsory  redundancy.

We will need to carry on our campaign and be prepared to take action in September.

If you are in a pool remember that:

  • You have the right to a one to one interview regarding redundancy once the matrix stage is reached
  • You have the right to check information regarding you on a completed matrix form is correct
  • You have the right to apply for any job advertised within the college
  • You have a right to a holiday and can ask for meetings or interview opportunities to be made available when you return from holidays

Union Officers will also be taking holiday but if you need support contact in the first instance:

Now until the 25th July                              Geraint Evans and Debbie Rolls

From the 25th July –  1st September      Chris Webb and Debbie Rolls

There may be times when we all are unavailable.

If you need Union support in and we are not available please contact the UCU Regional Office in Leeds at ayorkshirehe@ucu.org.uk  or on 0113 200 2940

We hope you all manage to spend some time relaxing and enjoying yourselves over the summer, don’t let them grind you down.