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UCU chief survives attempt to topple her

A motion of no confidence in Sally Hunt, the general-secretary of the University and College Union, has been withdrawn at the union’s recalled congress.

Research Fortnight understands that during the one-day gathering in Manchester on 18 October, the motion of no confidence in Hunt—who is taking a leave of absence from her duties due to ill health—was withdrawn. However, a motion of censure against Hunt was passed in her absence.

In June, the UCU congress came to an abrupt halt after members walked out in protest over the wording of motions of no confidence and censure in Hunt. The motion of no confidence had been proposed after Hunt called a ballot of UCU members on whether to accept an offer by Universities UK to set up the Joint Expert Panel to review the Universities Superannuation Scheme. 64 per cent of those who voted accepted the offer, but branch officials felt that due process had not been followed. The motion of censure relates to the same incident.

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