CJNC Notes

Notes of weekly Combined Joint Negotiating Committee (CJNC) meetings between the University management and representatives of UCU, Unite and Unison since March 2020

CJNC 27, 22 October 2020

CJNC 26 29 September 2020

CJNC 25, 18 September 2020

CJNC 24, 07 September 2020

CJNC 23, 20 August 2020

CJNC 22, 5 August 2020

CJNC 21, 24 July 2020 (Q&A with Allan Spencer, minutes private to UCU Exec and Reps at request of AS)

CJNC 20, 17 July 2020

CJNC 19, 03 July 2020

CJNC 18, 26 June 2020

CJNC 17, 19 June 2020

CJNC 16, 9 June 2020 (Q&A with Kelly Coate)

CJNC 15, 5 June 2020 (Q&A with Allan Spencer)

CJNC 14, 29 May 2020

CJNC 13, 22 May 2020

CJNC 12, 15 May 2020

CJNC 11, 7 May 2020

CJNC 10, 1 May 2020

CJNC 9, 24 April 2020

CJNC 8, 17 April 2020

CJNC 7, 7 April 2020

CJNC 6, 4 April 2020

CJNC 5, 31 March 2020

CJNC 4, 27 March 2020

CJNC 3, 24 March 2020

CJNC 2, 20 March 2020

CJNC 1, 18 March 2020


Notes from one-off informal meeting with the Vice Chancellor

9 December 2019

Minutes from termly Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) meetings between the University management and UCU representatives


January 2020 - minutes not yet available

December 2019

November 2019

September 2019

July 2019

March 2019

February 2019

October 2018

June 2018

February 2018

October 2017

May 2017

February 2017

November 2016

May 2016

March 2016

Please email ucusussex@sussex.ac.uk if you would like access to earlier JNC minutes

Notes from the Campus Union Working Group (CUWG) – a sub-committee of the JNC / CJNC

June 2019

May 2019

Branch Financial Reports

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Employment contracts

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If you are a postgraduate student who is working at Sussex, please find out more about how you should be treated and the Postgraduate Employment Charter here.

If you want to find out more about the national framework agreements which regulate pay and conditions in HE, please click here.

UCU are campaigning nationally to reduce the levels of casualization in Higher Education. Download their excellent magazine, 'Security Matters', for more details of this campaign.

Workplace stress

UCU is committed to challenging the rising workloads and stress levels amongst University staff.

If you feel that your workload is too high, or that your job is causing you stress and impacting your wellbeing, please contact us.

UCU nationally run a biennial workload survey. If you want to see the results from Sussex, please view them here. NB: this link requires you to enter your membership number and surname.

If you are concerned that your School's or Service's workload model is not representing the true nature of your job, contact us. There are also resources on how to measure your workload available here.


UCU have produced a wide range of materials on pensions. They are available here. Please do consult them.

We have submitted a number of Freedom of Information requests to the University for its responses to consultations on USS. From these and other sources we have put together a full set of the University's USS consultation responses.

Health and safety

All education institutions have a legal responsibility for the health, welfare and safety of their staff.

Sussex UCU have a number of trained Health & Safety Officers, listed on the 'Contacts' page of the website. If you have a Health & Safety related problem, please contact one of the officers listed and arrange to talk to them in confidence about your concerns.

More information about the University's obligations under the law can be found here.


  • One of your employer's responsibilities is to take preventative steps to guard against any long-term negative health implications of your job.

  • Your employer's responsibilities include ensuring that workloads and working hours are such that you do not become at risk of stress or stress-related illness.

  • If you fall ill during a holiday period, provided you inform your employer, you can take that holiday lost to sickness when you have recovered. More information on this can be found here.

Discrimination, bullying and harassment

It is unlawful to discriminate against people with a protected characteristic: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, sex and sexual orientation. 


Sussex UCU opposes unlawful discrimination and will help members who experience it.

Or it may equally be the case that you are being treated badly for no other reason than your manager is a bully, or a colleague has developed a personal grudge. In the most recent Staff Survey, 18% of staff at Sussex reported that they had been bullied or harassed at work. This is an atrocious statistic and we are making it a top priority to combat bullying and harassment at the University.

Sussex has grievance procedures for you to follow if another member of staff, whatever position they may hold, is not treating you appropriately or professionally. This is part of an employer's 'duty of care' implied in all contracts of employment, and are available here.

If you have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination, please contact us immediately.

Members can also access materials produced by UCU to help combat this workplace scourge here.

UCU have produced a detailed guide on Challenging Bullying and Harassment in the workplace. Make sure the management in your School or Service are abiding by it.