Academic Promotions 2012 – Briefing on the Promotions Process

The Academic Promotions Committee is holding two, informal briefing sessions to inform potential applicants about the process (later on, we will have sessions specifically devoted to the interview).

 The sessions will focus upon:

  •  The range and level of activities required to help ensure success
  • The process itself
  • The documentation

The sessions will be held as follows:

WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER – ROYAL SCHOOL OF MINES LECTURE THEATRE 1.47 , SOUTH KENSINGTON CAMPUS  at 4–5pm

OR

WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER – BOARDROOM, COMMONWEALTH BUILDING, HAMMERSMITH CAMPUS at 3-4 pm

The format will be informal with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.  Just come along if you wish and we look forward to seeing you there.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Everitt by email k.everitt@imperial.ac.uk

UCU Industrial Action

The University and College Union have issued the College with a notice of Industrial Action.  This is a national union campaign.  The notice indicates this action relates to the ‘proposed detrimental changes to USS and retaining comparable pension benefits’.   The changes to USS are no longer proposed changes and have been implemented with effect from  1 October 2011.  See Pensions and Industrial Action for the full background.

The action will commence from 10 October 2011 and will be in the form of ‘action short of a strike’.  UCU have therefore advised their members to abide by the terms of their contracts (including their obligation to perform their duties in an efficient manner) but to do no more than that; and in particular to:

(a)    Work no more than their contracted hours where those hours are expressly stated and in any event not to exceed the maximum hours stipulated by the Working Time Regulations (unless there has been an individual opt-out);

(b)   Perform no additional voluntary duties, such as out of hours cover, or covering for colleagues (unless such cover is contractually required);

(c)    Set and mark no work beyond that work which they are contractually obliged to set and/or mark;

(d)   Attend no meetings where such attendance is voluntary on the part of the member.

The hours of work for all those represented by UCU are ‘as required for the reasonable performance of the role’.  There is also a contractual expectation of flexibility within the remit of the role and grade.    The College does not accept partial performance of a role.  Therefore, where a member of staff declines to participate in an activity that his / her line manager considers to be part of the normal requirements for the role, pay will be withheld in full.  Further information will be provided to any member of staff who wishes to take industrial action.

For further information contact the Director of HR, Louise Lindsay at: directorofhr@imperial.ac.uk