University and College Union

Why I am still in the dire UCU

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 8, 2011

In common with other academics who have not yet resigned their membership of the University and College Union, I have come under a certain amount of pressure to resign mine. This I have no intention of doing.

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Lecturer tells UCU: change or I'll sue

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

A leading Jewish academic has threatened the University and College Union with legal action as the backlash against its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism reached new levels this week.

Lawyers acting for Ronnie Fraser, director of Academic Friends of Israel, have written to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt alleging the Union's stance breaches equality laws.

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Scottish academics quit UCU for 'feeding' antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Four Scottish academics have quit the University and College Union in protest against its decision to reject the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

Ephraim Borowski, the former president of the UCU-predecessor, the Glasgow Association of University Teachers, was joined by three other longtime members in leaving.

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Academic suing University and College Union over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

A British academic has announced that he is taking legal action against the Universities and Colleges Union after it made the "indecent" decision to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

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Eric Pickles: UCU sending Jews 'chilling message'

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles believes the University and College Union's rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism sends a "chilling message" to Jewish academics and students.

Writing exclusively for the JC, Mr Pickles says UCU now believes that Jews are "fair game for invective" and has become "a most unlikely champion of free speech".

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UCU's Sally Hunt 'not taking institutional racism seriously'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

A leading campaigner against academic boycotts of Israel has criticised the general secretary of the Universities and College Union for "pretending not to understand" the term institutional racism.

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UCU member resigns over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

A professor at Goldsmiths University has resigned from the University and College Union following its decision last week to reject the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

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UCU antisemitism motion passes

By Martin Bright, May 30, 2011

The Universities and Colleges Union has voted to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism at its annual congress in Harrogate.

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Trevor Phillips: UCU should have contacted me first

May 27, 2011

Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, today said he was "surprised" at the failure of the UCU to introduce its motion on the definition of antisemitism "without consulting the EHRC" at all.

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UCU branded institutionally antisemitic

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2010

A leading scientist has resigned from the University and College Union after accusing the organisation of being "institutionally antisemitic".

Denis Noble, who is not Jewish, said he took the decision after almost 50 years as a member of the union because it had become "impossible" for him to continue, given the "punishment of Israeli colleagues for the actions of their government".

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