Tutors and Demonstrators draft policy

The University of Edinburgh is currently reviewing its Code of Practice for Tutors and Demonstrators, for which UCU has been represented on

the university task group (for info see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/projects/reviewing-the-code-of-practice-for-tutoring-and-de).

After several meetings there is now a draft policy out for consultation: http://www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/projects/reviewing-the-code-of-practice-for-tutoring-and-de

UCU postgraduate and postdoctoral reps and contacts have already been contacted to send in their views on the code, but other members (especially those in tutoring and demonstrating roles) are also invited to comment on the draft policy.

The university have highlighted specific areas that they would like feedback on:

  1. whether the document includes all necessary information and guidance;
  2. whether any key information or guidance is missing from the document;
  3. if relevant, how this document will relate to any School, subject-level or course-level documents that you provide your Tutors and Demonstrators.

The university is especially interested to hear your views on these issues:

  1. whether the University should limit the number of hours all full-time postgraduate tutors and demonstrators should work, and if so, what
    the limit should be (see Section 2.8)
  2. whether Schools should provide all tutors/demonstrators with access to a mentor (see Section 6.2);3.      whether the University should specify the knowledge/skills/training/support required for postgraduate students who are acting as tutors and
    demonstrators at certain levels (e.g. PGT level (See section 5)).

Please send any comments you may have to lena.wanggren@ed.ac.uk before 10th March.

UCU Elections: a message from the Branch Committee

UCU Edinburgh branch committee would like to take this opportunity to clarify the situation in relation to the event taking place on campus on 6th February.  The Future of Higher Education and UCU: UCU General Secretary Election Hustings is being held as one of four such events across Scotland over 6th-7th February.

For the avoidance of doubt, these have not been organised by UCU Edinburgh, UCU Scotland or UCU nationally and we are unable to answer any queries about them.  Please address any questions you have to the event organisers.

Individuals and groupings within UCU are at liberty to organise independent events as they so choose. We do not seek to make any recommendations for or against.

The branch committee did discuss the possibility of holding a hustings but decided that, within available time and resources, this was not feasible.  If you are interested in us doing this for future elections, please let us know.  If you can volunteer to assist, even better.

structures_wordle_v3

Links for more information