Open letter to UCU President Rob Goodfellow

On 20 July 2016, we sent the below open letter to our new UCU President, asking the UCU to explicitly stand up for freedom of movement.

London, 20th of July 2016

Dear Rob Goodfellow,

We are contacting you as our new elected UCU president for 2016/17. We are concerned that the UCU has yet properly to respond to the concerns of academic staff from the EU working in the UK.

EU staff make up 15 per cent of the academic workforce in this country. After the referendum, their legal status is uncertain and the free movement of labour is seriously threatened.

The right to remain of EU citizens currently living in the UK has been put into question. Although the House of Commons voted on 06/07/16 to guarantee their right to remain, this vote is non-binding. In early July, UCU called on the government and all Conservative party leadership candidates to make a firm commitment that all EU nationals already in the country can stay. At the end of June, Sally Hunt wrote a letter to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, on behalf of UCU members, asking that the government ensures “that the best and brightest staff and students from across the EU will continue to be supported to work and study in the UK”.

Academic staff are facing growing pressure to increase productivity and students’ satisfaction through audit mechanisms such as the REF and TEF, while our pay and conditions are worsening. We cannot rule out that audit mechanisms will be applied to establishing who the “brightest and best” EU staff are, and thus who has and who does not have the right to remain.

We also note that the UCU has not taken a position on free movement of labour. The end of free movement would represent a significant worsening of the condition of present and future EU staff. Any restrictions on freedom of movement for people, and our right to work without discrimination based on nationality, will put increasing competitive pressure on EU academic staff and thus affect staff as a whole, and weaken the strength of our union.

While we hope that this was just an unwise choice of words on Sally Hunt’s part, we ask you to speak out clearly against any form of staff discrimination, including linking the right to remain in the UK to presumed merit. We also ask the UCU Executive to take a firm stand in favour of free movement of labour and to campaign not just to guarantee the existing rights of EU academic staff but also the continuing right of free movement for all EU academics and indeed, for all workers. We therefore invite local branches to start debating how to achieve this goal.

Sincerely yours,

Signatories as listed below

Kingston University UCU Branch
Warwick University UCU Branch
Dr Sue Abbott, UCU NEC, Northumbria University
Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, University of London
Duncan Adam Vice-President, Warwick UCU
Professor Mark Addis, Birmingham City University
Dr Daniele Albertazzi, University of Birmingham
Dr Gabriella Alberti, University of Leeds
Dr Richard Alexander, SOAS, University of London
Dr Stephen Allen, Hull University
Dr Clyde Ancarno, King’s College London
Dr Nick Andon, King’s College London
Dr Liz Andrew, King’s College London
Jon Andrews, University of Birmingham
Professor Johannes Angermuller, University of Warwick
Farat Ara, University of Warwick
Dr Charlotte Ashby, Birkbeck College
Tom Atterson, King’s College London
Dr David Bailey, University of Birmingham
Dr Peter Balfe, University of Birmingham
Dr Richard Barbrook, Westminster University
Dr Stephen Bates, University of Birmingham
Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker, University of Birmingham
Mareike Beck, University of Sussex
Dr Claes Belfrage, University of Liverpool
Erin Bell, University of Lincoln
Gill Bentley, University of Birmingham
Dr Andrea Bernardi, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Charlotte Beyer, University of Gloucestershire
Dr Somia Bibi, Birmingham City University
Professor Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham
Dr Clare Birchall, King’s College London
Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, University of Birmingham
Professor Brad Blitz, Middlesex University
Dr Anna Boermel, King’s College London
Clelia Boscolo, University of Birmingham
Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck University
Dr Vincent Boyer, University of Birmingham
Dr Maud Anne Bracke, University of Glasgow
Mr. James Brackley, University of Birmingham
Dr. Susan Blackwell, University of Birmingham
Professor Jo Brewis, University of Leicester
Paul Brook, Leicester University
Mandy Brown, UCU NEC Lambeth College
Dr Emily Butterworth, King’s College London
Dr Darragh Byrne, University of Birmingham
Dr Dorigen Caldwell, Birkbeck College
Professor Alex Callinicos, King’s College London
Dr Liam Campling, Queen Mary University
Joyce Canaan, Birmingham City University
Dr Gareth Carrol, University of Birmingham
Professor Erica Carter, King’s College London
Dr Senija Čaušević, SOAS, University of London
Phil Chamberlain, University of West England Bristol
Dr Fleeta J Chew Siegel, Kingston University London
Professor Carl Chinn, University of Birmingham
Dr Harriet Clarke, University of Birmingham
Professor Linda Clarke, University of Westminster
Mustafa Coban, University of Birmingham
Carol Cody, UCU Sec City of Liverpool College, UCU NW Equality Rep
Dr Simon Coffey, King’s College London
Matt Cole, PhD Candidate University of Leeds
Professor Felicity Colman, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Guy Cook, King’s College London
Dr Melanie Cooke, King’s College London
Dr Laurence Cooley, University of Birmingham
Dr Stephen Connelly, University of Warwick
Dr Peter Coxhead, University of Birmingham
Mark Cushman, LSE, London
Claire Daffern, University of Warwick
Dr Anne DaGuerre, Middlesex University
Dr Alessio D’Angelo, Middlesex University
Dr Julia Darzi, King’s College London
Dr Ian Davidson, University of Birmingham
Dr Jonathan Davies, University of Warwick
Professor Graham Dawson, University of Brighton
Dr Nicholas De Genova, King’s College London
Dr Andy Denis, City University
Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck College
Dr Martin Dewey, King’s College London
Dr Patrizia di Bello, Birkbeck College Bello
Simon Dixon, University of Birmingham
Professor Michael Dobson, University of Birmingham
Dr Emma Dowling, Middlesex University
Dr Joel Dunn, King’s College London
Dr Julien Dutant, King’s College London
James Eastwood, GTA representative, SOAS UCU executive committee, SOAS, University of London
Emeritus Professor Gavin Edwards, University of South Wales
Sara Ekenger, University of Southampton
Emeritus Professor Tony Elger, University of Warwick
Professor Ziad Elmarsafy, King’s College London
Dr Umut Erel, The Open University
Dr David Etherington, UCU Rep and Executive Committee, Middlesex University
Dr Harry Evdoridis, University of Birmingham
John Evemy, University of Birmingham
Francis Eves, University of Birmingham
Dr Anton Evseev, University of Birmingham
Professor Ilaria Favretto, Kingston University
Dr Rossella Ferrari, SOAS, University of London
Professor Robert Fine, University of Warwick
Dr Rhiannon Firth, University of East London
Dr Adam Fishwick, De Montford University, Leicester
Professor John Fletcher, University of Warwick
Dr Ann Christine Frandsen, University of Birmingham
Maria Hernandez Fuentes, King’s College London
Dr Danielle Fuller, University of Birmingham
Dr Daniela Gabor, UWE, Bristol
Professor Rosalind Galt, King’s College London
Dr Alessandro Gandini, King’s College London
Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros, Birkbeck College
Professor Philippa A Garety, King’s College London
Professor Steve Garner, Birmingham City University
Craig Gent, University of Warwick
Professor Alexandra Georgakopoulou, King’s College London
Yannis Gioukas, University of Warwick
Dr John Glen, University of Birmingham
Jamie Gold, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Jamie AJ Gough, Sheffield University
Dr Jo Grady, University of Leicester
Dr Andy Grant, King’s College London
Dr Andrée Grau, Roehampton University
Dr William Green, University of Leicester
Dr Christiana Gregoriou, Leeds University
Dr Elystan Griffiths, University of Birmingham
Dr Tag Gronberg, Birkbeck College
Dr Armin Gruenbacher, University of Birmingham
Dr Anna Hajkova, University of Warwick
Dr Nikolaus Hammer, University of Leicester
Professor Laurence Harris, SOAS, University of London
Dr Roxy Harris, King’s College London
Professor Graham Harrison, University of Sheffield
Dr Scott Hayward, University of Birmingham
Professor Michael Heinrich, UCL School of Pharmacy, London
Dr Alan Herbert, University of Birmingham
Dr Dan Herbert, University of Birmingham
Yaiza Hernández Velázquez, Lecturer, Central Saint Martins, UAL
Dr Isabelle Hertner, King’s College London
Dr Chris Hesketh, Oxford Brookes University
Dominic Hickey, University of Birmingham
Dr Andy Higginbottom, UCU Branch Chair
Dr Mette High, St Andrews University
Nicholas Hilken, University of Birmingham
Professor Leslie Hill, University of Warwick
Margot Hill, UCU NEC, Croydon College
Dr Mike Hoffman, University of Birmingham
Dr Jill Hohenstein, King’s College London
Professor John Holmwood, University of Nottingham
Professor Tony Howard, University of Warwick
Dr Catherine Hull, University of Hull
Nicholas Hunter, University of Birmingham
Cristina Inversi, University of Manchester
Dr Feyzi Ismail, SOAS UCU Rep, SOAS, University of London
Dr Simon Joyce, Hertfordshire University
Professor Daniel Katz, University of Warwick
Dr Maria Kavussanu, University of Birmingham
Dr Andrew Kennedy, SOAS, University of London
Dr Jeroen Keppens, King’s College London
Dr Manfred Kerber, University of Birmingham
Dr Aisha Khan-Evans, King’s College London
Dr Markus Kirkilionis, University of Warwick
Andrea Klaus, University of Warwick
Ece Kocabicak, PhD Candidate, Lancaster University
Dr Hector Kollias, King’s College London
Dr Gabriel Koureas, Birkbeck College
Dr Biza Kroese, University of Birmingham
Dr Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham
Dr Conrad James, University of Birmingham
Dr Monica Jato, University of Birmingham
Emeritus Professor Steve Jefferys, UCU London Metropolitan University
Madeleine Joel, King’s College London
Professor David Johnson, The Open University
Dr Claire Jones, University of Birmingham
Dr Jane Jones, King’s College London
Dr Lee Jones, Queen Mary, University of London
Jamie Jordan, PhD candidate, University of Nottingham
Dr Fay Julal, University of Birmingham
Professor Satvinder Juss, King’s College London
Professor Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University London
Dr Lars Laamann, SOAS, University of London
Amanda Latimer, Kingston University, London
Dr Nicholas Lawrence, University of Warwick
Professor Neil Lazarus, University of Warwick
Professor Vicky Lebeau, University of Sussex
Professor Igor Lerner, University of Birmingham
Dr Elizabeth L’Estrange, University of Birmingham
Professor Constant Leung, King’s College London
Jay Lingham, PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London
Professor Chris Lintott, University of Oxford
Tanya Lipatova, University of Birmingham
Dr Daniel Loghin, University of Birmingham
Professor Francis Lough, University of Birmingham
Professor Michael Loughlin, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Guy Longworth, University of Warwick
Magdolna Lorinc, Middlesex University
Professor Friederike Luepke, SOAS, University of London
Professor Jill Maben, King’s College London
Professor Philippe Marlière, University College London
Dr Thomas Marois, SOAS, University of London
Dr Bethan Marshall, King’s College London
Tim Martin, City and Guilds Art School
Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio, University of Manchester
Dr Jonathan Mathers, University of Birmingham
Dr Christopher Mayhew, University of Birmingham
Richard McEwan, FE national negotiator
George McGahey, University of Birmingham
Dr Siobhan McGrath, Durham University
Dr Camilla MacLean, University of Warwick
Dr Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire
Dr Tomas Maltby, King’s College London
Dr Nathan Manning, York University
Luke Martell, University of Sussex
Dr Ada Mau, King’s College London
Jo McNeill, President, University of Liverpool UCU and NEC
Dr Justine Mercer, Warwick UCU President
Dr Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS University of London
Sue Mew, UCU Branch Chair September 2016, Middlesex University
Dr Eliot Michaelson, King’s College London
Dr David Moore, University of Birmingham
Dr Phoebe Moore, UCU Rep, Executive Committee, University of Middlesex
Carlo Morelli, Health and Safety Rep for Dundee UCU and NEC
Dr Solange Mouthaan, University of Warwick
Professor Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Warwick University
Dr Lucy Munro, King’s College London
Dr Jonathan Murphy, Cardiff University
Dr Valbona Muzaka, King’s College London
Dr Zsuzsanna Nagy, University of Birmingham
Dr Michal Nahman, UWE, Bristol
Dr John Narayan, University of Warwick
Dr Iona Negru, SOAS, University of London
Penny Newell, PhD candidate/GTA, King’s College London
Dr Susan Newman, UWE, Bristol
Professor Davide Nicolini, University of Warwick
Dr Marijn Nieuwenhuis, Warwick University
Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, University of Sussex
Dr Insa Nolte, University of Birmingham
Dr Eugene Nulman, Birmingham City University
Professor Alex Nunn, Leeds Beckett University
Dr Frances O’Brien, University of Warwick
Dr Mark O’Brien, Vice-president, University of Liverpool UCU
Dr Kieran O’Halloran, King’s College London
Dr Andrew Olsen, University of Birmingham
Professor Wendy Olsen, University of Manchester
Dr Zoe Opacic, Birkbeck College
Dr Luisa Orsini, University of Birmingham
Ryan Ottridge, University of Birmingham
Emeritus Professor William Outhwaite, Newcastle University
Professor Michael Overduin, University of Birmingham
Professor David Owen, University of Southampton
Dr Dan Ozarow, UCU Casualisation Repand Executive Committee, Middlesex University
Dr Patricia Palmer, King’s College London
Dr Tassos Papacostas, King’s College London
Chrysi Papaioannou, PhD Candidate, University of Leeds
Professor David Papineau, King’s College London
Dr Anna Paraskevopoulou, London Metropolitan University
Dr Rose Parfitt, Kent Law School
Dr Owen Parker, University of Sheffield
Dr Michael Parkes, University of Birmingham
Professor Annalisa Pastore, King’s College London
Trevor Pearce, King’s College London
Professor Kay Peggs, University of Winchester
Dr Alexei Penzin, Woverhampton University
Professor Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham
Dr Alison Phipps, University of Sussex
Dr Alison Powell, London School of Economics
Dr Lucia Pradella, King’s College London
Dr Tim Pringle, SOAS, University of London
Martin Ralph, UCU committee University of Liverpool
Professor Ben Rampton, King’s College London
Dr Rahul Rao, SOAS, University of London
Dr Olivier Ratle, University of the West of England
Keith Reader, Visiting Emeritus Professor, University of London in Paris/Emeritus, University of Glasgow
Dr David Reubi, King’s College London
Dr Marieke Riethof, University of Liverpool
Dr Laura Rival, University of Oxford
Roberta Roberts, University of Birmingham
Professor James Robinson, University of Warwick
Dr Jens Roehrkasten, University of Birmingham
Professor Rudo Roemer, University of Warwick
Dr Melanie Rohse, University of Birmingham
Steve Rolf, UCU member & doctoral candidate, University of Bristol
Dr Ian Roper, UCU Negotiations Rep and Executive Committee, Middlesex University
Professor Diana Rose, King’s College London
Carolyn Roskell, University of Birmingham
Pia Rotshtein, University of Birmingham
Dr Nick Rowbottom, University of Birmingham
Camilla Royle, King’s College London
Dr Gabriella Rundblad, King’s College London
Professor Magnus Ryner, King’s College London
Professor Raphael Salkie, University of Brighton Raf Salkie
Dr Barbara Samaluk,University of Greenwich
Antonio Sanchez, University of Birmingham
Dr Kate Sang, UCU Equality Officer, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Lavanya Sankaran, King’s College London
Dr Jack Saunders, University of Warwick
Dr Joanne Sayner, University of Birmingham
Mateja Sborchia, PhD candidate, King’s College London
Dr Helmut Schmitz, University of Warwick
Dr Laura Schwartz, University of Warwick
Dr Gareth Sears, University of Birmingham
Thomas Sebastian, University of Birmingham
Dr Paul T Seed, King’s College London
Joerg Seifert, University of Warwick
Professor Jan Selby, University of Sussex
Professor Stephen Shapiro, University of Warwick
Dr Dick Shelton, University of Birmingham
Dr Mark Shiel, King’s College London
Dr Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham
Professor Attila Sik, University of Birmingham
Professor Melanie Simms, University of Leicester
Dr Subir Sinha, SOAS, University of London
Professor Peter Slater, University of Birmingham
Professor Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth
Nat Smiljanic, University of Warwick
Dr Holly Smith, UCL Institute of Education
Carole Sparke, University of Birmingham
Professor Diana Spencer, University of Birmingham
Dr Lisa R Stampnitzky, Sheffield University
Susan Stevens, University of Birmingham
Prof Paul Stewart, Strathclyde University
Dr Jonathan Stökl, King’s College London
Dr Eva Strickmann, King’s College London
Mark Summerfield, University of Birmingham
Professor Leila Simona Talani, King’s College London
Arianna Tassinari, University of Warwick
Emma Taylor, University of Birmingham
Dr Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, University of Sheffield
Dr Sarah Thomas, Birkbeck College
Professor Janice Lee Thompson, University of Birmingham
Dr Kai Tollner, University of Birmingham
Dr Rowan Tomlinson, University of Bristol
Dr Leslie Topp, Birkbeck College
Dr Stavroula Tsirogianni, Canterbury Christ Church University
Dr Frank Uekotter, University of Birmingham
Dr Eda Ulus, University of Leicester
Professor Martin Upchurch, University of Middlesex
Dr Frauke Urban, SOAS, University of London
Dr Marcel Vellinga, Oxford Brookes University
Dr Marco Veronese Passarella, Leeds University
Sean Vernell, City & Islington FE and UCU NEC
Professor Steve Vincent, University of Newcastle
Dr Arlt Volker, King’s College London
Dr Horen Voskeritsian, UWE Bristol
Dr Khursheed Wadia, University of Warwick
Sean Wallis, joint Vice President UCL UCU and UCU NEC
Dr Aengus Ward, University of Birmingham
Dr Paul Warmington, University of Birmingham
Professor Matthew Watson, University of Warwick
Dr Fiona Whelan, The University of York
Dr David White, University of Birmingham
Xanthe Whittaker, UCU NEC, Leicester University
Dr Ruth Whittle, University of Birmingham
Dr Rose Whyman, University of Birmingham
Dr Fridolin Wild, Oxford Brookes
Geoff Williams, University College London Dr Ursula Wingate, King’s College London
Dr Aaron Winter, University of East London
Dr Yuliya Yurchenko, University of Greenwich
Dr Cosimo Zene, SOAS, University of London
Support from non-UCU members:
Dr Simona Aimar, UCL, London
Professor Rebecca Bamford, Quinnipiac University (United States)
Michael Bonner, PhD candidate, Kent University
Dr Jorge Garcia-Arias, University of Leon (Spain)
Professor Habil Peter Herrmann, EURISPES Rome (Italy)
Dr Runa Lazzarino, from September at IAS-UCL, London
Dr Giulio Marini, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy)
Professor Christoph Meyer, King’s College London
Professor Adam Morton, University of Sydney (Australia)
Suay M Özkula, PhD Candidate and GTA, Kent University
Dr Phil Roberts, University of Sydney (Australia)
Katharine Silk, King’s College London
Professor Susanne Soederberg, Queen’s University (Canada)
Dr Angela Wigger, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
Dr Stefanie Woehl, University of Applied Sciences Vienna BFI (Austria)
Dr Owen Worth, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Giulia Federica Zampini, Kent University


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