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Aberystwyth UCU

The UCU Local Association is managed by Officers and a Committee (Local Executive) elected at the AGM which takes place in either late May or early June each year. Most departments of the University also have a UCU Departmental Representative. Officers, Committee Members and Reps do their work for the UCU Local Association on a voluntary basis in addition to their main University employment.

The Local Association employs two part-time members of staff who work in support of the Officers and Committee. The local subscription, that is levied in addition to the standard national subscription, goes towards the salary costs of these staff.

Additional direct support is provided to the Local Association by Regional UCU staff based in the Tondu Office in Bridgend, and where necessary by staff from UCU Headquarters in London.

The Local Association

The Local Executive meets at lunchtime (1.00pm) once per month to discuss and consider matters of concern to members. Departmental Representatives are always invited and encouraged to attend. Items covered might include:

(1) Current matters under negotiation with University management (e.g. The Framework Agreement, Employment Policies, etc)

(2) Matters of concern raised by members and/or Departmental Reps

(3) National or regional UCU initiatives and meetings

(4) Personal casework issues (these are always dealt with anonymously and confidentially)

The provision of support to members with workplace problems is a key area of activity for the Officers and Committee. These personal cases range from unresolved bullying and harassment issues, through contract problems / redundancy / performance issues, to support in ill health early retirement / disability workload adjustment negotiations. Sadly case numbers appear to be increasing and more members willing to get involved with this work are always required. Training can be arranged - further details about this can be obtained from Alison Garrod. Other Local Association work and activities in which members can become involved can be obtained from Alison Garrod in the UCU campus office (ext 1519).

Regional Office

The UCU Assistant General Secretary with responsibility for Local Associations in Wales is Margaret Phelan. She is assisted by Philip Markham, Regional Support Officials. All are based at Unit 33, The Enterprise Centre, Tondu, Bridgend CF32 9BS and can be reached by telephone on 01656 721951. Their contact details have been provided for information only. Members should normally raise matters of concern locally in the first instance.

UCU Headquarters

From 6th April 2009, all UCU Headquarters staff are based at Nelson House, Carlow Street, London, NW1 7LH. Their telephone number is 020 7756 2500. There is a very extenstive national website with information on a huge range of issues. Some sections of this website are only accessible to members. You will need your membership number to gain entry to these restricted sections.