Site Update


The site is currently in the process of being updated to provide members with more information and a new look.

During this time things might move around a little and you might have trouble accessing parts of the site. If you run into any issues please try again later or contact the Branch Administrator/Organiser at

Covid Health and Safety Team

Here is a list of MMU UCU members who have volunteered to help with the branch’s efforts to secure a safe return to campus. If you have any concerns or issues you would like the branch to raise with management you can either contact the branch at or one of our team listed below.

Name Email Department
Keith Crome Branch Health and Safety Officer (HPP)
Simon Faulkner Art
Michael Coates Art
Michael Gorman Art
Matthew Gobey Business
Cathy Urquhart Business
Ria Deakin Business
Sean Brophy Business
John Deeney Drama and Contemporary Performance
Pura Ariza Education
Lucy Burke English
Huw Jones English
Helen List English
Julie Wilkinson English
Lara Williams English
Helen Nicholson English (Drama)
Sami Pinarbasi HPP
Craig Griffiths HPP
Helen Mayall HPSC
Catherine Downs Law
Kathryn Brownbridge MFI
Jon Borresen Science and Engineering
Caroline Bettridge Science and Engineering

Contact details for branch officers 2019-20

Role Contact Department
Chair Michael Coates
Art and Performance
Secretary – Autumn Catherine Downs
Secretary – Spring & on Julie Wilkinson
Vice Chair Lucy Burke
Health and Safety Keith Crome Philosophy
Casework Co-ordinator Helen List Film and Media
Treasurer Craig Griffiths History
Membership Secretary Huw Jones
Equalities Officer Pura Ariza Education
Environmental Officer John Deeney Art and Performance
Convenor Righton/Cav Kathryn Brownbridge MFI
Convenor HPSC Helen Mayall HPSC Social Work
Convenor Education Pura Ariza Education
Convenor Geoffrey M April Pudsey History
Convenor Business Cathy Urquhart Business
Convenor John Dalton tbc
Convenor No. 70 Linnie Blake English
Convenor Law Catherine Downs Law
Ordinary Member: Law tbc
Convenor Art Michael Gorman Art
Ordinary Member: Art Simon Faulkner Art
Anti-Casualisation tbc

Branch meetings Academic Year 2019-20

MMU UCU Branch and Committee meetings 2019-2020: rooms from October tbc.  Branch meeting venues from October may change.  Look out for all-member emails advertising meeting venues and for any emergency additional meetings.

Tuesday 3 September 1-3pm G.07 SBB Local reps and committee meeting GTVO
Wednesday 11 September 1-2.30pm G.07 SBB Committee meeting
Wednesday 18 September 1 – 3pm 407B Business School North Atrium Branch meeting
Wed 16th Oct 1 – 2.30pm Committee meeting
Thursday 17th Oct 10am DEOC Meeting
Wed 27th Nov 1 – 3pm Birley Branch meeting
Wed 11 Dec 1 – 2.30pm Committee meeting
Wed 22ndJan 1 – 2.30pm Committee meeting
Wed 29thJan 1 – 3pm. Geoffrey Manton Branch meeting
12th Feb 2pm venue tbc DEOC meeting
Wed 26thFeb 1 –  2.30pm Committee meeting
Wed 11thMarch. 1 – 3pm Benzie Branch meeting
Wed 1stApril 1 – 2.30pm Committee meeting
AGM Wed 6th May 1 – 3pm John Dalton
Wed 13thMay 10am venue tbc DEOC meeting
Wed 20thMay First meeting of newly elected branch committee: date tbc
Wed 10thJune 1 – 3pm tbc Branch meeting

UCU MMU branch committee speaks out on Capita’s sponsorship of ‘Social Worker of the Year’ awards.

UCU MMU congratulates those finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards, including those shortlisted for the Social Work Student of the Year Award. However, we support the ethical position taken by Social Workers Without Borders, one of the judges Nick Berbiers, and others, to withdraw from the awards due to Capita’s involvement as a sponsor.
Capita has been criticised for their gruelling and distressing medical assessments for disability benefits, for their practices in carrying out deportations, including deporting Windrush citizens, and for using “excessive restraint” on detainees flown out of the country.
UCU MMU notes reports critical of Capita’s use of cruel and unethical methods in implementing deportations, including of members of the Windrush generation, and in their administration of social care. We call on Social Worker of the Year Awards to end their relationship with Capita and to implement an ethical framework for sponsorship in future years.

MMU UCU Branch Committee: 23/10/18


UCU’s national pay and equality ballot opened on 30 August 2018.  The ballot runs until 19 October.

Manchester Metropolitan UCU Branch Committee recommends that you vote YES to strike action and YES to action short of a strike (ASOS). Employers must meaningfully address the key elements of the dispute, including:

  • loss in the value of your pay,
  • shameful pay inequality,
  • the scandal of casualisation,
  • workload and stress.

If you have not received a ballot paper by Monday 10 September, please email your full details to our office immediately at and we will do everything possible to ensure that you get a replacement paper.

Our ‘get the vote out’ campaign will be in touch via email, in person, on the phone, via email and social media and at your branch meetings (10 October Manchester and 11 October Crewe).  If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Branch Chair or Secretary at

Pay and equality matters – vote YES to strike action and vote YES to action short of a strike.

MMU UCU meeting dates 2018-19


Manchester Metropolitan University Branch:

Dates of meetings 2018-19 Venues tbc


Branch Meetings
Manchester Wed 10th Oct

2 – 3.30pm

Crewe Thurs. 11th Oct.

10 – 11.30am

Manchester Wed 5th Dec

2 – 3.30pm

Crewe Thurs. 6th Dec

10 – 11.30am

Manchester Wed 20th Feb

2 – 3.30pm

Crewe Thurs. 21st Feb

10 – 11.30am

Manchester Wed 1st May

2 – 3.30pm.

Crewe Thurs 2nd May

10 – 11.30am

Manchester AGM Wed 12th June

1 – 3pm

Crewe AGM Thurs 13th


10 – 12am


Branch Committee meetings
Wed Sept 12th 2pm – 4pm
Wed Nov 7th 2pm – 4pm
Wed Jan 23rd 2pm – 4pm
Wed March 13th 2pm – 4pm
Wed May 8th  2pm – 4pm
Wed June 19th 2pm – 4pm




Pensions dispute in pre-92 Universities

MMU UCU sends our support and solidarity to our colleagues on strike over threats to the USS pension scheme. Lots of our members also have USS pensions, although we are not striking because our employers operate the Teacher’s Pension Scheme instead. We urge Universities UK to negotiate to protect the value and security of pensions for all academic staff.

Picture:  Thursday February 22nd 2018:  UCU Vice President elect Vicky Knight visits University of Manchester picket lines.