Stop the Threats!
  • Petitioned University of Ulster

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University of Ulster

Stop the Threats!

    1. Ted Leath
    2. Petition by

      Ted Leath

      Derry - Londonderry, United States

The University of Ulster is damaging service to both students and the community through the widespread threat of compulsory redundancies.

Recent signatures

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    1. UCU Ulster Declares Local Dispute - Closure of Petition

      Ted Leath
      Petition Organizer

      For the first time in its 28 year history, UCU Ulster has declared a local dispute with the University concerning the manner by which the university is progressing redundancies amongst staff. The dispute states:

      "The use of premature deadlines and unwarranted threats of compulsory redundancy are unreasonable as well as contrary to University policy and corporate goals. They do not allow staff sufficient time to give serious consideration to life changing decisions or reasonable time to seek alternative employment."

      As the University trade unions actively bring these matters to light, and campaign for adherence to University policies, it is currently planned that this petition be closed next week, and that the issues covered n the petition continue to be pursued by the recognised trade unions.

      I hope this has given an opportunity for University stakeholders to petition on behalf of the ultimate good of the University and community, and also encouraged those too frightened to sign.

    2. BBC article on how voluntary jobs cuts were effeciently achieved at QUB

      Ted Leath
      Petition Organizer

      The article reports that departures were across all departments and were the result of a voluntary trawl. QUB said no compulsory redundancies were involved. The article also expressed that no University schools would close as a result of the departures.

    3. Union to fight plans to privatise campus jobs - Belfast Telegraph

      Ted Leath
      Petition Organizer

      According to the Belfast Telegraph, shocked University staff learned their jobs were being outsourced at meetings just two days before the University closed for the Easter holidays. From the beginning of August next year, all ancillary staff will be offered the opportunity to transfer to Resource Services, a private company which recently entered an arrangement with the University to provide business qualifications for its management and staff. The article suggests:-

      “Pay, terms and conditions will not remain the same. Legislation can be used by private companies to lower pay, change hours and amend terms and conditions.”

    4. Multiple links to petition site appearing

      Ted Leath
      Petition Organizer

      Multiple links to the petiton site have been appearing on the Internet. Many on individual Facebook sites, and as a result of Twitter tweets with links. Some through RSS feeds and blog sites like the one linked below that has multiple links to the site. The petition site has now been in existence for 3 weeks. Initially, word of mouth was the primary means of letting people know of the existence of the site. Subsequently, around two thirds of staff have been contacted so far about the site. Quite a few staff have expressed that they are fearful of signing the petition although they heartily agree. They feel they may be targetted for redundancy or attempted disciplinary action or that they will have no subsequent prospect of promotion. Whether or not this is the case, my hope and aspiraton would be that no staff member should have to feel this way.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Petition site referenced in University of Ulster Wikipedia entry

      Ted Leath
      Petition Organizer

      Interestingly, the current Wikipedia entry for the University of Ulster contains a section on "Financial Restructuring", and references are given including the petition website. I did not personally enter this information, nor do I have knowledge of who did. I have not read in detail, but the information I read seems broadly fair and correct. I came across the link through a Google search on the petition site.

    7. Signer's message anonymised

      Ted Leath
      Petition Organizer

      I have anonymised the following message posted by a signer of the petition for their protection. The signer wrote on April 3rd, 2012:

      "Because I have been bullied out of my job just 10 days ago in the University of Ulster @ Magee Campus. At one time I felt suicidal and had to attend my Doctor"

    8. Petition site linked to from UCU@Ulster Twitter and blog site

      Ted Leath
      Petition Organizer

      The UCU@Ulster Twitter and WordPress blog sites have linked to this petition site. It can be checked out on the link below.

    9. Bullying of Academics in Higher Education

      Ted Leath
      Petition Organizer

      Numerous links have been appearing to this petition site on Facebook, and the blog "Bullying of Academics in Higher Education" has linked to the site as well on March 23rd, 2012. It can be checked out on the link below

    10. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Shereen Younes BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      These cuts are ridiculous, they threaten the Educational welfare and academic choice of both prospective and current students.

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    • Grainne McCool DONEGAL, IRELAND
      • over 2 years ago

      Has to be another way to reduce costs...these lecturers are a valuable piece of UU.

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    • Paula McDonald COLERAINE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Axing people from jobs who already work far in excess of their remit for no other reason than they're passionate about and committed to what they do! Insane. The University of Ulster doesn't need millions of pounds of new buildings as much as it needs its most invaluable resource - its staff.

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    • Megan Reeves PORTSTEWART, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      As an incoming international exchange student, teaching quality was one of my top priorities for choosing a school. I have been extremely impressed with the teaching quality at UU and the loss of any lecturer would have a serious negative impact on my choice of universities were I applying again. Cutting staff is a short-term fix with long-term consequences and the manner in which it is being conducted appalls me.

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    • Andrew Fearon PORTSTEWART, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      The quality of the teaching at the University of Ulster is why attended and it's the one thing I sincerely hope can be saved.

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