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UCU Career Development Seminar and Strategy Day – 1 August

UCU Career Development Seminar

Open to all early career academics /fixed term contract staff

Date: 1 August

Time: 10-12pm

Venue: Room 67/1007 Nightingale Building, Highfield


Southampton UCU will be holding a Career Development Seminar on 1 August, which is open to all early-career academics and fixed-term contract staff at the University.

The seminar will cover: transferable skills; training and development opportunities; research careers; fixed-term contracts; writing CVs; fellowships and lectureships; the Concordat for Researchers; the Research Excellence Framework; mentoring; probation and promotion; redeployment procedures; CROS; planning, appraisal and setting objectives.

The seminar is open to everyone, so please do spread the word to colleagues who may be interested regardless of their UCU membership status.  There will be an opportunity for members to get additional, focused support — details will be available on the day.

Later on the same day, we will be holding a Fixed-Term Contract Strategy Day:


UCU Fixed Term Contract Strategy day


Date: 1 August 2012

Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Venue: 67/E1001 Lecture Room C Nightingale Building, Highfield.

Complimentary lunch provided


Fixed term contracts are a priority for Southampton UCU.  We’ve been working continuously on this issue over the past year, starting regular discussions with HR on fixed-term contracts and holding a UCU Researcher’s Workshop.

At our recent Annual General Meeting, a motion was unanimously agreed which calls upon the University to stop exploiting fixed-term contract staff; to provide better career development and training opportunities; to provide bridging mechanisms for those supported by external funding; and to move toward the provision of open-ended contracts for early-career academics and academic-related staff.

We’re holding this Strategy Day to hear your views on how to progress this campaign.  We believe that fixed-term contracts have a detrimental effect, both personally and professionally, and with your help we can work to make a difference.  Therefore we invite all members on fixed-term contracts, as well as members on permanent contracts who wish to help on this issue, to come along and share your views and help us develop our strategy.

If you’d like to attend, please email Amanda Bitouche at for catering purposes.  If you can’t attend but would like to help out, perhaps by flyering, putting up posters, or distributing information to colleagues, please get in touch.


In solidarity,


Eric Silverman and Amanda Bitouche

Southampton UCU

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