a Cambridge UCU campaign

 A Cambridge UCU Campaign

Demanding fair working conditions for Cambridge’s hourly-paid undergraduate supervisors!

What we want

paid training

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pay rise

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To teach ONE supervision we are paid (£42.48) for

60 minutes

of teaching with three students

20 minutes

of marking per student (this means assessing approximately 2,000-3,000 word essays)

30 minutes

of ‘preparation’

Wondering why you should join us?

Here’s (some of) what it takes to prepare a supervision:

  • Corresponding with the course organiser about supervision assignments or emailing the Director of Studies (DoS) to arrange supervisions
  • Scheduling the class
  • Sending instructions for completing the assignment
  • Booking a room
  • Responding to students’ questions
  • Reading core texts (in social sciences and humanities, this can include several monographs)
  • Writing discussion questions
  • Corresponding with a student’s DoS about any learning accommodations
  • Returning marked essays
  • Submitting reports on CamCORS

Supervisors, have you ever finished these tasks in thirty minutes?

Hourly-paid supervisors deserve decent jobs, just like any worker

We deserve a living wage

We deserve basic workplace protections

We deserve to be paid on time, not months after

We deserve to be able to negotiate with our employer the terms of our work

What can you do to suport us?

If you are an hourly-paid supervisor:

If you are not an hourly-paid supervisor and want to support our campaign:

If you want to know more:

In the summer of 2021, the Senior Tutors’ Education Committee (STEC), a representative body which sets the terms of our employment as hourly paid supervisors, sent us their meeting minutes in which they discussed the three demands of our Justice4CollegeSupervisors campaign. These are:

  1. Paid training for hourly-paid supervisors
  2. A pay rise
  3. A secure contract

STEC refused to allow any Cambridge UCU representative to attend the meetings. Instead, they discussed and dismissed each of our proposals outright. To know more, including a summary of the meeting minutes, go to the link below.

On October 9th, The Guardian published an article titled Cambridge colleges accused of exploiting ‘gig economy’ tutors. Read the article below.