Rob Copeland is a policy officer with the University and College Union (UCU) in the UK. His areas of responsibility include international affairs and UK education policy issues such as teaching, research, academic freedom and governance. Rob is the Chair of the ETUCE’s Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC).
Written by Rob Copeland
In response to the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, unions have been working hard to ensure that governments mitigate the effects on workers’ jobs, salaries and working conditions. During this ongoing crisis, workers in so-called ‘non-standard forms of employment’ such as those on zero-hours contracts, in agency work and in ‘bogus self-employment’...“How the COVID-19 crisis may impact higher education unions’ work and strategy on casualisation”, by Rob Copeland.
For unions in the higher education and research sector, this year’s World Teachers’ Day takes on the greatest significance.Academic freedom and the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation: a view from Europe
On April 22 a series of rallies and marches (known as the March for Science) are planned for Washington, D.C. and other cities across the world. Education unions can play a key role in the campaign, particularly in pushing for increased public funding for science, greater protection for academic freedom...March for Science