University of Liverpool Poposal for Egypt Development

Submitted by AcFreedom on Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:19

We have received a document related to the proposed development by University of Liverpool of an Egypt Branch Campus. This is particularly controversial due to the possible involvement of the Egyptian state in the murder of Italian Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni. A risk noted in the document, however the project appears to be going ahead.

Universities UK Response to the USS Technical Provisions Consultation (10 October 2017)

Submitted by AcFreedom on Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:54

New document release. This is Universities UK’s response to the USS Technical Provisions Consultation (USS 2017 Actuarial Valuation: A consultation with Universities UK on the proposed assumptions for the scheme’s technical provisions and Statement of Funding Principles, Technical Provisions consultation document). The response was shared with employers by email by UUK on 13 October 2017.

USS Briefing Session; slides from Brendan Mulkern | Universities UK for the AHUA Autumn Conference 2018, 14 September 2018

Submitted by AcFreedom on Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:39

New Release - These slides describe, from the perspective of Brendan Mulkern for Universities UK (UUK), the situation relating to USS just prior to the release of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) first report. (Even though the date of the slides – 14 September 2018 – is subsequent to the publication of the JEP (13 September 2018).) The slides cover the 'overall position' from the perspective of the employers; the challenges for the coming period; and how the employers establish a collective position (both through formal consultation and informal engagement).

Summary of content of complaint to USS Ltd re: underpayments

Submitted by AcFreedom on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:07

We have received a copy of the template/guidelines used for complaint letters sent by member complainants to USS Ltd regarding underpayments. These letters were largely sent to USS in the first quarter of 2017, and some complainants cced their local MP. What is unusual is that USS CEO Bill Galvin himself responded to this letter, a link to which is here.

UK USSStrike - USS Valuation Briefing Documents for UUK Membership

Submitted by AcFreedom on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:54

We have a release of documents related to the strike by UK academics over pensions, and the on going negotiations between the UCU, UUK, and USS. There are three documents in the release:

  1. An email from one Alistair Jarvis breifing members (we believe in this case UUK members) on the 2017 valuation of the USS pension.
  2. A document detailing 'key messages' for UUK members.
  3. Briefing paper for USS Employers.

University of York UK Register of Academic Visitors - FOI and Release

Submitted by AcFreedom on Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:53

We have an interesting combination of release and freedom of information request. We were directed to a recent FOI request that was made to the University of York (in the UK) asking for details of any policies that they might have regards the registering of academic visitors to the University. For the purpose of visa monitoring. The result of the FOI request can be viewed here, marked by those making the request as "partially successful".