Open letter to UCU on 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 Brooks, 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