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The 2021 UMUCU AGM took place on Wednesday 9 June 2021. The Officers and Executive Committee for 2021/22, in post from August 2021 to July 2022 (inclusive) were confirmed as follows:


The President (Chair) David Swanson (SEED)
The Vice-President (job share) Philippa Browning (Physics and Astronomy)
Molly Geidel (SALC)
The Treasurer Kamie Kitmitto (ITS/PS)
The Secretary Simeon Gill (Materials)
The Membership and Organising Secretary (job share) Paulina Hoyos (FSE/PS)
Roisin Read (HCRI, SALC)
Luke Yates (SoSS)
The Equality Officer (job share) Umit Yildiz (SEED)
Amy Zhang (SEED)
The Anti-Casualisation Officer (job share) Fiona Pashazadeh (SoSS)
Assistant Secretary, Health and Safety * VACANT *
Assistant Secretary, Newsletter / Website * VACANT *
Assistant Secretary, Personal Casework Gregory Lane-Serff (MACE)
Assistant Secretary, Retired Members (job share) Paul Bennett (retired)
Roger Walden (AMBS)
Ordinary Member 1 Laurence Benson (AMBS)
Ordinary Member 2 Shiu-Wan Chan (Biological Sciences)
Ordinary Member 3 Linda Davies (Health Sciences)
Ordinary Member 4 Amani Lowey (SALC)
Ordinary Member 5 Caroline Martin (ITS/PS)
Ordinary Member 6 Blaise Nkwenti-Azeh (HUMS/PS)
Ordinary Member 7 Benjamin Pope (JRRIL)
Ordinary Member 8 Anna Strowe (SALC)
Ordinary Member 9 Nathaniel Tetteh (AMBS)
Environment Rep Lydia Meryll (retired)

Nomination and secondment process was conducted through an electronic form available to all in previous weeks; the AGM approved the above outcome.

* If you are interested in any of the above vacancies, or would like to know more about what they entail, please contact us. All of them can be a job share.

Academic year 2020/21

Motion on return to in-person teaching

Previous updates

Covid-19 advice

UMUCU branch executive committee statement  15th March 2020

Letters and communications to The President and Vice Chancellor and SLT

16th March 2020 (Graduate Teaching Assistants)

Email to Nancy Rothwell urging suspension of SEP and WMIC section 188s

17th March 2020

UoM UCU issues raised with SLT 17th April 2020

Response from Karen Heaton – 22 April 2020

Letter to SLT from 40 Humanities staff

Reply from Karen Heaton to letter from 40 Humanities members – 22 April 2020

“Pension Correction TO BE AMENDED IN APRIL 2020 – e-mails” UMUCU response and template

National UCU advice and guidance: HERE

The University of Manchester advice and guidance: HERE

Taking Care of Yourself

Disability and the coronavirus
The current pandemic presents additional challenges and barriers for UCU members with disabilities and there is some specific advice HERE

University of Manchester Students Union (UMSU) SURVEY

This survey is for all PGRs at the University of Manchester from all three faculties to ascertain how PGRs have been disrupted by COVID-19.

Redundancy Pay Estimator