UCU members have voted to accept new proposals for USS and not restart a marking and assessment boycott. Two-thirds (67.1%) of those who voted agreed to accept the new proposals.
The result of the consultative ballot of USS members on the latest proposals has been announced.
Arising from the decision by the higher education committee (HEC) meeting on Wednesday 14 January 2015, please find information below on the arrangements for the forthcoming ballot of USS members plus more detail on the proposals which members are asked to consider.
Action due to resume on 16 January action which was due to resume on Friday 16 January is suspended while the union consults members.
UCU branches are asked to prepare members to recommence the assessment boycott on Friday 16 January, to be confirmed after a specially arranged Higher Education Committee meeting on 14 January.
Branch officers have been emailed today asking them to note that provisional arrangements have been made for a meeting of pre-92 branches to be held on Wednesday 28 January 2015 to discuss the dispute.
The UCU general secretary reports that new talks are now being held, but branches and members are asked to prepare for resumption of action on 16 January.
UCU will be handing over the 17,000 signature string petition to Universites UK at the USS board meeting on 4 December. UCU branches across the country will be reinforcing the message by handing copies over to their own university management.
UCU members are asked to sign a mass petition demanding fair pensions which will be presented to the employers on 4 December.
UPDATE: Over 17,000 of you have now signed!
Sally Hunt reports on the decision to suspend the current assessment boycott while negotiations take place.