Log in

A Success for Teaching Contracts for Associate Tutors

Sussex Students Union is celebrating a big win for the fairer working conditions of Associate Tutors.

The University brought in new teaching contracts this January for Associate Tutors, postgraduates students who teach, which included several good elements such as improvements to holiday pay, sick pay, etc. Unfortunately, they were wanting to impose an hour cap of 180 hours of teaching, along with a few other problematic elements. This was going to be halved to 90 for part-time students. A lot of PhD students rely on teaching wages to subsidise their studies and help them financially but also for the experience they gain.

The students, along with Rose Taylor, Postgraduate Education Officer, set up a petition voicing concerns about the terms of the new Tutor Contracts and requested a meeting with Vice Chancellor, Adam Tickell, to discuss what could be done. Thanks to the generosity of the University and the recommendation of Adam Tickell, the meeting was a big success. As a result of the petition, the University agreed to remove the hour cap from the contracts until September whilst they review further. All other elements of the contracts will go ahead as planned. This was a big success from PhD student campaigning.

Mareike, a PhD student who was involved in the campaign:

"We are very happy that the VC has agreed to review the contract. The hour cap of 180 / 90 was unworkable, particularly for part-time doctoral researchers. We look forward to working together on improving the Associate Tutor contract in the coming months in order to ensure a better recognition of the work that we do as teachers and researchers. "


 

 

Contact us

Got a comment/criticism about anything discussed in this article? Let us know on our social media channels!

facebook.com/thestudentsunion

twitter.com/ussu

Related news

 
You have the power to change things

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Image of campus

Referenda give you the opportunity to shape the Students’ Union and its activities.

 
Statement on alleged racist attack in Brighton

Thu 19 Oct 2017

We were shocked to hear of the alleged racist attack against a Sussex student in Brighton this weekend.

 
Autumn Term 2017 election results

Thu 05 Oct 2017

Over the last two days, 1404 students have made sure their voices are heard and have elected their Student Reps and Representatives - an increase on last year's turnout!

 
Students to march in Brighton Pride parade

Fri 04 Aug 2017

Sussex students will be taking part in the Brighton Pride parade this weekend to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

 
Rent for three on-campus accommodation to be cut for 2018/19

Wed 02 Aug 2017

Rent for three of the University's on-campus accommodation will be reduced from September 2018.

 
 

This list is automatically generated

View all news »