Why join HWUCU?
I want to have a say in how the university is run.
the HWUCU committee meet with senior university managers at least once a term
to discuss issues raised by members. During restructuring these meetings were
far more frequent. Determined work by committee members meant that compulsory
redundancy was avoided at both
I'm concerned about what's happening with Universities and all the changes that are being made. What can I do about it?
As a member of a union, it is not just you but with other working people we can exert collective strength to protect and promote working conditions. Collective bargaining on salaries is one way that the unions work to improve wages for all University workers.
Things are difficult in my department right now, I dread Monday mornings but I can't really talk about the situation I'm in with my colleagues.
If you are a member, the union can take up your case and you can get free legal advice if that is necessary.
HWUCU is the Heriot-Watt University branch of the University and College Union, a trade union and professional association representing all types of professional staff in the UK HE and FE sectors. At Heriot-Watt members include academic, contract research, administrative, library and computer staff.
As well as supporting individual members, HWUCU negotiates conditions of service on behalf of all academic and academic related staff through the Joint Negotiating and Consultancy Committee. Users of the University Intranet may read JNCC minutes here.
HWUCU is part
of UCU Scotland - UCU(S) - which may be contacted through the regional office in
The following helplines are available free to members:
Legal issues: 01179 330642
Stress counselling: 01179 342121
Committee members may be contacted through electronic mail by selecting their email addresses below.
President Ruth Aylett, MACS/Computer Science, x4189, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President (External) vacancy
Vice President (Internal) Greg Michaelson, MACS/Computer Science, x3422 G.Michaelson@hw.ac.uk
Catering and Residences George
Engineering and Physical Sciences Ian Black, EPS/Mech Eng, x4367 I.Black@hw.ac.uk
Engineering and Physical Sciences Dave McNeil, EPS/Mech Eng, x4375 D.A.McNeil@hw.ac.uk
Engineering and Physical Sciences Jim Ritchie, EPS/Mech Eng, x4364, J.M.Ritchie@hw.ac.uk
Health & Safety Representative Peter Cumber, EPS/Mech Eng, email@example.com
Life Sciences Susan Dewar, SLS/Biological Sciences, x3457, S.J.Dewar@hw.ac.uk
Life Sciences Derek Jamieson, SLS/Biological Sciences, 3644, firstname.lastname@example.org
Life Sciences Alastair Thin, SLS/Sport & Exercise Science, x3468, A.G.Thin@hw.ac.uk
Textiles & Design Fiona Waldron, 01896 892 121, F.S.Waldron@hw.ac.uk