It’s My Time: workload campaign launch -link to watch again (17 Sep 2020)

The It’s My Time webinar, which launched the UCU Eastern regional office workload campaign was very well attended. The webinar can be watched again at:

Jo Grady, UCU General Secretary, Jane Thompson, from the UCU national bargaining team and Lydia Richards, UCU Eastern and Home Counties Regional Official, discussed how members can challenge excessive workloads.

CPD webinar: Working safely during the pandemic Wed 23 Sep

All members in our region are invited to participate in the interactive webinar entitled Working Safely During the Pandemic. The webinar has evolved from the previous iteration, which was called Taking Care of Yourself, and now addresses all the hot topics surrounding how we can work safely this autumn, and especially focuses on what your employer needs to do to protect you and your students.

Working Safely During the Pandemic will be delivered via zoom on Wednesday 23 September ina  morning and afternoon session. You will have received an email invitation on Wed 16 Sep. If you have not receieved this email -contact or

The full aims of the interactive webinar are to:
1. understand why it’s important to unapologetically protect your health and wellbeing at this time
2. identify some of the challenges you face in working safely whether from home, back in the workplace or a blend of the two
3. Be clear about what support you can expect from your employer
4. Identify support available from UCU

How it will work
The taught session will last for about 50-60 minutes, after which a member of UCU staff, or a branch activist, will update you on the latest UCU campaigning work in this area and will lead a discussion on what this all means for you, which should take another 15 to 20 minutes. The consensus is that the these discussions take away the isolation of lone working and begin to establish norms that are acceptable to us. The total time commitment will be less than an hour and a half.
The session will be led by experienced UCU CPD tutors.

Institution reopening guidance from DfE (10 Sep 2020)

This is the updated DfE guidance for HEIs that was issued today, 10 Sep:

UCU have been notified that there will be updated guidance for FE colleges shortly. In the meantime the current FE guidance can be found here


It’s My Time: webinar on workloads and the new academic year

Dear colleague

The impact of Covid-19 on working practices and the shift to blended learning has meant additional workload pressures for UCU members. The need for an organised collective response in workplaces has never been greater. Coupled with this, the need for individual members to protect their own wellbeing, supported by their union and workplace agreements, is increasingly important.

UCU Eastern & Home Counties region is launching the ‘It’s My Time’ campaign at a virtual members’ meeting on Weds 16 Sept at 1pm. General secretary Jo Grady and Jane Thompson from the national bargaining team will join the regional office to talk about how members can challenge excessive workloads.

Supported by briefings and campaign materials for members alongside bargaining guidance for branches, the campaign is aimed at all members and branches across the region.

Please register for the event and submit any questions for the panel to discuss here.

Best wishes

Lydia Richards
UCU Eastern & Home Counties regional official