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University Lecturers' Association


The University Lecturers' Association (EIS-ULA) is a self-governing association within the EIS and is constitutionally autonomous in all matters relating to Scottish Universities and equivalent institutions.

All members are full members of the EIS and enjoy all the same benefits. The EIS-ULA has its own independent policy-making structure.

Policies on educational issues relating to higher education in Scotland, including crucially the salaries and conditions of lecturers and related staff, are formulated by members of the EIS-ULA themselves through the Annual Conference and Executive Committee.

The EIS-ULA has members in eighteen of Scotlandís nineteen Higher Education Institutions. The EIS-ULA sister association for further education EIS-FELA is the recognised academic trade union in all of the UHIMI partner colleges.

EIS-ULA is serviced by the Further and Higher Education Section of the Organisation Department at EIS Headquarters. Support for members in colleges is provided by the branch secretary in the university or higher education institution and EIS Headquarters.

The EIS-ULA Executive Committee consists of up to 28 members. This includes 3 Office Bearers; President, Vice President and Ex President. The President takes the Chair at all meetings of the EIS-ULA Executive Committee. The national Conference is held annually in March.

For all information and guidance relating to Gender Equality Duty for Further Education Colleges and Higher Education Institutions please use the EC Website.

Members Protocol

National Officer David Belsey is the lead officer with responsibility for individual member casework for Higher Education. He will ensure that higher education members receive timeous support for sensitive and often time consuming cases.

However, members are reminded that in the first instance a member with a difficulty should seek out and consult with the branch secretary and/or branch convener who will advise on the best course of action to take. In most cases full-time officer support will not be needed until local procedures have been exhausted.

If and when officer support is needed it must only be requested by the branch secretary and/or convener contacting the relevant National Officer.

If the matter is one of a national (pay and/or conditions) or institutional (policy/procedure) or individual (discipline/grievance) nature it should be sought from David Belsey.

Members must not contact the National Officers directly as this leads to frustrations not only for themselves but branch officers also who are not always informed that they have done so.

Branch officers must remain the main contact between the full-time officers and the members in each Higher Education Institution if the branch structure is to work effectively and the collective strength maintained.

Please help us to help you and follow the required protocol as it makes for a more efficient service to all.

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