Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees for migrants in Greece.

This is an important message from the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees.

Solidarity from Scotland to refugees in Greece

A delegation of 3 committee members from the ‘Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees’ will visit Athens and Lesvos in mid-September.

We want to meet the local volunteers who are helping the refugees. We intend to spend a few days assisting them. In Athens many refugees are living on the streets and in the parks.

Local people are attempting to sort safe and more weather proof shelter for them before winter. On Lesvos many boats are still turning up daily with exhausted, hungry, wet refugees including many women, young children and babies. They have survived hours at sea on rickety boats having fled war zones such as Syria.

Over the past 4 months a number of boats have capsized before reaching the shore and many have drowned. This is the biggest refugee crisis since the second World War and at the moment European governments are not providing adequate help. Ordinary people in Greece have been providing huge amounts of solidarity, often despite their own poverty.

We wish to take money with us to assist their efforts and we also want to forge lasting links with people and organisations locally. We want to continue to help, because this crisis is not likely to go away in the near future.

We are paying our own expenses. All money raised will go directly to help the refugees. We will provide updates on the trip and further work, as well as hold public meetings when we return. The GCtWR has existed for 15 years and is funded by donations from individuals fundraising events and a number of trade union branches.

Please click on the link below to contribute through Crowdfunder to refugees in Greece.

The delegation from Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees is going at their own expense, to Athens and Lesvos to deliver support and report back on what is going on there.

The delegation consists of Pinar Aksu, Amal Azzudin and Margaret Woods.


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HE Governance Bill – important request for help

FINAL UCU Scotland response to Education and Culture Committee on the HE…

You can download above a copy of a submission sent by UCU Scotland yesterday to the Education and Culture Committee in the Scottish Parliament in response to their call for evidence on the Higher Education Governance Bill.  As you will be aware UCU are broadly supportive of the bill as part of our campaign to make university governance more democratic, transparent and accountable.  Universities Scotland remain opposed to the bill and continue to make the case against reform to politicians.  You may also be aware that St Andrews University have recently written to all their staff and alumni asking them to contact the education committee and oppose the bill.  While we are confident that politicians and ministers are aware of the level of support for reform among UCU members from the petition earlier this year it is important, at a time when the university principals are continue to lobby hard, we don’t become less determined in our efforts.

We are asking that as many branches and activists in branches as possible write to the committee making a submission supporting the bill and the call for elected chairs of governing bodies elected by all staff and students and for trade union nominees to sit on the governing body.  Please make a submission as a branch and also encourage branch committee members and activists to do so too.

You can find more information about making a submission here Feel free to use the arguments contained in the attached submission.  At the very least, given universities appear to be orchestrating a write in campaign, it would be helpful even to contact the committee and indicate that the branch and individual members are supportive of the union’s national stance and submission.  The closing date for submissions is Friday 4 September 2015.  Once you’ve sent your submission or correspondence in please also copy it to Murdo Mathison at

If you have any queries at all or want any more information before making a submission then please contact Murdo Mathison, UCU Scotland, Policy and Communications Officer on or telephone 0141 225 8163.

Petition – Keep Religion Programme at University of Stirling

Please consider signing this petition for UCU members at the University of Stirling.

“We call on the University of Stirling not to close the Religion programme or to make staff employed in that department redundant. Closure would impact not only on Stirling’s external reputation, but also on the student experience at postgraduate and undergraduate level. We urge that any process to assess the Religion programme at Stirling undergoes a full and open process of consultation that includes staff, students, and the wider academic and public communities, and that the immediate threat of redundancy for all four staff is lifted.”

For more information on the campaign please visit