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University Lecturers' Association

About

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.

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Existing Joint Membership Agreements

The EIS has agreements with three specialist organisations; The British Association of Occupational Therapists, The Royal College of Midwives Scottish Board, and the Royal College of Nursing. 

Royal College of Nursing (RCN):

The two organisations (EIS & RCN) have taken note of the development of courses within Higher Education which involve the recruitment to universities of members of the Royal College of Nursing as academic and academic-related staff. They have agreed a joint membership scheme, whereby the two organisations will cooperate fully in the interests of those members of staff and facilitate membership of both organisations. 

It is agreed that in Higher Education: 

  1. EIS will be responsible for national and local negotiations on pay and conditions.  
  2. The RCN will be responsible for all matters concerning the professional life of the member in respect of the practice of nursing and nursing education including where appropriate, individual representation of members with their employer where such issues of professional competence to do with this area arise, in consultation with the EIS. All other matters will be dealt with by EIS. 
  3. There will be cooperation between the two organisations at all relevant levels. 

The Royal College of Midwives Scottish Board (RCM): 

The two organisations (EIS & RCM) have taken note of the development of courses within Higher Education which involve the recruitment of members of the Royal College of Midwives Scottish Board as academic and academic-related staff. They have agreed a dual membership scheme, whereby the two organisations will cooperate fully in the interests of members and facilitate membership of both organisations. 

  1. EIS will be responsible for national and local negotiations on pay and conditions. 
  2. The RCM, in consultation with the EIS, will be responsible for all matters concerning the professional life of the member in respect of midwifery practice and education, including, where appropriate, individual representation of members when issues of professional midwifery competence arise. All other matters will be dealt with by EIS. 
  3. There will be cooperation between the two organisations at all relevant levels. 

UNISON / British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT):

UNISON has an agreement with the British Association of Occupational Therapists to provide BAOT members with Trade Union Services and membership of Unison. Certain members of UNISON / BOAT are employed as teachers of Occupational Therapy. 

The purpose of this agreement is for a Joint Membership Scheme with EIS whereby UNISON and EIS will cooperate fully in the interests of those members of UNISON / BAOT who are teachers of occupational therapy in institutions where EIS is recognised for negotiating purposes. Such members of the UNISON / BAOT will hold joint membership with EIS where appropriate. 

It is agreed that: 

  1. EIS will be responsible for and conduct all national and local negotiations on pay and conditions. 
  2. UNISON / BAOT will be responsible for all matters concerning the professional life of the member in respect of Occupational Therapy education including where appropriate, individual representation of members with their employer where such issues of professional competence to do with the teaching of Occupational Therapy arise, in consultation with EIS. All other matters will be dealt with by EIS.
  3. There will be cooperation between the two organisations at all relevant levels. 

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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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