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Cambridge academics demand fair pay and contracts

HUNDREDS of casualised Cambridge University academics are demanding fair pay and conditions from the cash-rich institution.

Nearly 350 supervisors of students at the university’s 31 colleges have petitioned senior college representatives, who are scheduled to meet today to discuss their demands.

Despite providing essential support to undergraduates and forming the backbone of the world-renowned university’s teaching system, many supervisors lack proper contracts and are paid poverty wages, according to the University and College Union (UCU). 

The union points out that the university and its colleges have combined assets worth more than £11 billion.

The petition is part of the #justice4collegesupervisors campaign launched by the Cambridge UCU branch and Cambridge Students’ Union (CSU).

It demands that college supervisors be paid properly for the full number of hours they spend on class preparation, receive paid training and recieve employment contracts.

Pledging continued backing for the campaign, UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “Today the leaders of Cambridge's colleges have an opportunity to begin fixing a serious injustice.

“The university and its colleges have an almost unimaginable level of wealth, yet many of the supervisors who underpin the undergraduate teaching system are on poverty wages with no job security.” 

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