About UCU Scotland

This is the official blog of UCU Scotland. We are the largest trade union in the higher education sector in Scotland and across the UK represent over 120,000 academic and related members. UCU Scotland has autonomous status with the UK wide UCU, reflecting the distinctive character of Scotland’s educational system and devolution.

As well as representing our members UCU Scotland is a campaigning union, campaigning against the use of zero-hour contracts on campuses; for a higher education system free at the point of entry and without undergraduate tuition fees; and for better governance of our universities.

We are affiliated to the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC), playing our part in the STUC general council, annual congress, women’s, disabled, LGBT and black worker’s conferences

For head office enquiries contact:

TELEPHONE: 0141 225 8160
FAX: 0141 248 4041

UCU Scotland Head Office Team

MSMary Senior – Scotland Official
Mary leads the UCU team in Scotland, and is responsible for the effective implementation of the union’s bargaining, campaigning and organising objectives in Scotland.


Louise McGurk – Regional Support Officialpic  Louise is responsible for supporting the effective implementation of UCU’s bargaining, campaigning and organising objectives. She is available to provide advice and support to local branches, including training, advising and representing members on employment issues.

MMMurdo Mathison – Policy and Communications Officer
Murdo leads on our policy and media work in Scotland and is available to help branches develop their press contacts and strategy.  He also drafts our submissions and evidence to government and the Parliament and helps to develop the union’s campaigns work to support policy initiatives. mmathison@ucu.org.uk~

CJClaire Johnston – Branch Development Organiser
Claire leads on branch development, organisation, and recruitment activity as well as recruiting and developing new reps and contacts . She also helps branches plan and implement national and local campaigns.

Nicola McGowan – Scotland Administrator
The Scotland Administrator manages the day-to-day running of the UCU Scotland office, organises USUS events, conferences, meetings and training, maintains UCUS accounts, runs the UCU Scotland Blog and liaises with members and external parties. nmcgowan@ucu.org.uk


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