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Work-Life Balance Guidance
The aim of this document is to assist colleges to achieve standards of good practice in work-life balance by implementing comprehensive and effective local policies.
Student Complaints: Guidance for Handling
This advice sets out the framework in which EIS-FELA would expect to see student complaints dealt with. The main focus of this advice is to ensure that staff are adequately provided for, supported and appropriately treated by their employer.
Memorandum of Comments by EIS-FELA on the Independent Commission on the College of the Future
The EIS-FELA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the consultation document considering ‘The College of the Future’ and has the following comments to offer:
Internet and Email Use at Work Guidance
Use of computers, email and the internet has long been widespread in higher education and increasingly so in further education.
Harassment: Model Policy
It is the right of every member of staff to work or study without fear of harassment or victimisation. EIS-FELA recognises the problems associated with harassment.
GTC Registration: Guidance to Lecturing Staff
If the EIS can demonstrate that the majority of Scotland’s lecturers choose to voluntarily register with the GTC(S) it can argue more easily for GTC(S)’s statutory remit to be extended.
This guidance is designed to assist branches in negotiating facility time.
Fixed-Term Contract Poster
Your employment rights have been enhanced since the Fixed-Term Employees Regulations 2002 come into force on 1 October 2002?
Further Education Partnership at Work
Education and Training Policy and Procedure, Stress at Work Policy and Procedure, Personal and Domestic Leave, Family and Parental Leave Policy and Procedure.
EIS-FELA Model RPA
Recognition and Procedures Agreement between the Board of Management of the College and The Educational Institute of Scotland/Further Education Lecturers Association (College Branch)
EIS-FELA Guide to Scottish FE Reorganisation
Scottish FE is in flux due to significant cuts and structural change – that seem to be evolving on an ad hoc basis within regions. There is an on-going process of college reorganisation which involves merger, federation or collaboration (MFC).
Compulsory Reductions in Staff Hours
Any member who has an open ended contract (aka permanent) or has been on a series of fixed term contracts with similar hours, and is then asked to reduce his or her hours has a choice, to accept or reject the proposed hours.
ASC - STUC Memorandum of Understanding
The aim of this memorandum is to re-affirm effective co-operation between the ASC and the STUC.
Academic Years are based on units of weeks which causes the phenomenon of Calendar Drift.
Policy on the misuse of the student voice
Memorandum of Comments by EIS-FELA on Colleges Scotland, ‘Statement of Ambition’
The EIS-FELA welcomes the publication of Colleges Scotland’s ‘Statement of Ambition’ for the college sector and the opportunity to provide comment on the vision, mission and value statements outlined in the document.
Model EIS-FELA Branch Rules
Extract from the EIS-FELA Constitution
Lecturer Workload for Branch Negotiators
This paper has been developed to assist local negotiations and provide a context which EIS-FELA negotiators can submit for consideration by local Joint Negotiating Committees (JNCs).
Guidance for Branch Secretaries - School/College Partnership
The purpose of this guidance is to set out EIS-FELA priorities for the School/College partnership which ensures lecturing staff are protected from exploitation and that all those teaching on the partnership programme have the necessary qualifications.
Guidance on Branch Rules
The reorganisation of Scottish FE along the lines of merger, federation and collaboration may require branches to either amend their branch rules or develop bespoke practices.
College Boards of Management: Guidance for Elected Staff Members
As the recognised trade union for lecturing staff in every college in Scotland, the EISFELA expects that every college will have an EIS-FELA member elected to the Board of Management.
Widening Access & Retention Fund - EIS Response
EIS Response to the Scottish Funding Council’s Consultation On ‘The Widening Access and Retention Fund’.
Consensual Relations between Staff and Students
The professional relationship between staff and students should be based on mutual trust and respect and the requisite boundaries to this relationship recognised.
Violence and Aggression at work
This guidance is aimed at providing practical advice on how to tackle violence and aggression at work and the College procedures necessary for dealing with violence and aggression towards further education lecturing staff.
Access/Inclusion of Special Educational Needs (SEN) Students in FE Colleges
This policy details guidance specifically on the access/inclusion of Special Educational Needs (SEN) Students in FE Colleges.
Evaluation of Learning Experience - Policy on Classroom Observation
The current EIS-FELA policy on classroom observation is clear and unambiguous. This guidance sets out acceptable means of evaluating the learning experience of students.
Stress: Preventing Stress in Further Education: A Branch Guide
EIS-FELA branch officers have an important role to play in ensuring that stress is tackled in the workplace and that a trade union approach is adopted to ensuring that the causes of stress on the workplace are identified and eliminated.
Permanisation of Lecturing Staff: Guidance for Branch Negotiators
Permanisation of Lecturing Staff: Guidance for Branch Negotiators. The Regulations prevent fixed term employees being treated less favourably than similar permanent employees, and limit the use of successive fixed term contracts.
Dealing with College Restructuring Proposals: Guidelines for Branch Negotiators
During the years since incorporation most, if not all, Further Education Colleges in the sector have undergone structural change. This change is usually a direct result of financial difficulties.
FELA Salary Scales
EIS welcomes ruling in Forth Valley College dispute that will 'protect role of lecturers'
The EIS has welcomed the ruling by the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) which has found that posts at Forth Valley College.
EIS opens statutory industrial action ballot at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
The EIS has today (Friday) opened a statutory industrial action ballot for members at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)...
EIS suspends strike action at Forth Valley College in act of good faith
The EIS has suspended its programme of strike action at Forth Valley college to allow for a review of the dispute in the context of a national agreement struck two weeks ago...
Dispute at Forth Valley College Continues as Management Refuse to Negotiate
EIS-FELA lecturers at Forth Valley College are taking part in a further 3 days of strike action this week as part of a long running dispute...
College strike continues as EIS highlights cuts to lecturing posts
College lecturers will continue their national programme of strike action today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) in an ongoing dispute over the replacement of lecturers with poorer-paid, lower qualified staff...
EIS Argyll College branch to ballot members for strike action over compulsory redundancies
Members of the Argyll College EIS-FELA branch are being balloted for strike action over the College’s decision to make lecturers compulsorily redundant during the pandemic...
EIS-FELA critical of Colleges Scotland for failing to ratify agreement
On Friday 19th March, the Annual Conference of the EIS Further Education Lecturer’s Association (EIS-FELA) expressed concern with the news that the Employers Association, Colleges Scotland has not ratified the NJNC Agreement made last week...
18 days of strike action to begin at Forth Valley college
Starting from tomorrow (Wednesday), over 200 EIS members at Forth Valley College are set to take strike action in another escalation in the dispute over the removal of 30 lecturers’ jobs...
EIS Members at West Lothian College Balloted for Industrial Action
Members of the West Lothian College EIS-FELA branch are being balloted for Action Short of Strike Action over the introduction of instructor posts within the college...
College lecturers vote for strike action in defence of lecturing jobs
College lecturer members have overwhelmingly voted in favour of taking strike action to defend lecturing jobs within Scotland’s Further Education Colleges...
EIS Members at Forth Valley College Balloted for Strike Action
Members of the Forth Valley College EIS-FELA branch have been taking industrial action since November to show their opposition to the College downgrading 30 lecturing posts to Instructor Assessor posts.
EIS Opens Industrial Action Ballot for College Lecturers
The EIS has opened a statutory industrial action ballot for its lecturer members in Further Education over the replacement of lecturer posts with lesser qualified and lower paid positions.
EIS Opens National Ballot in Defence of Lecturing jobs in FE
EIS-FELA has opened a national consultative industrial action ballot for lecturers in Scotland’s Further Education Colleges.
EIS Members at Forth Valley College to take Industrial Action
EIS members at Forth Valley College will take action short of strike over attempts to remove 30 lecturers’ jobs and replace them with support staff.
COVID-19 Having Disproportionate Impact on Students from Disadvantaged Areas
A new survey, carried out by FELA has confirmed that college students in more deprived areas are facing greater barriers to their learning during the COVID-19 shutdown than students in the least deprived areas
Zero Hours Contracts
EIS-FELA Report on the FoI Requests on Zero Hours Contracts issued to FE Colleges in Scotland in August 2013
EIS Response to Colleges Scotland Open Letter
In response to an open letter Colleges Scotland distributed to College Lecturers today EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said...
Online Demo Against Forth Valley College Making Staff Redundant During Pandemic
A mass online demonstration against Forth Valley College’s continuing plans to make lecturing staff redundant during the COVID-19 epidemic will take place on Wednesday 1 April at 1pm.
FE Lecturers Vote to Accept new pay Offer
Scotland's college lecturers have overwhelmingly voted in favour of accepting a new pay offer.
Edinburgh College Industrial Action
Information on Edinburgh College Industrial Action
Success for Lecturers as Colleges agree to 'Honour the Deal
Success for Lecturers as Colleges agree to 'Honour the Deal
FELA college contacts E-G
List of EIS-FELA college contacts E-G
List of EIS-FELA Branch Secretaries
FELA college contacts M-Q
List of EIS-FELA college contacts M-Q
FELA Health & Safety Representatives
FELA college contacts R-Z
List of EIS-FELA college contacts R-Z
FELA college contacts H-L
List of EIS-FELA college contacts H-L
FELA college contacts C-D
List of EIS-FELA college contacts C-D
FELA college contacts A-B
List of EIS-FELA college contacts A-B
FELA Office Bearers & Executive Committee
FELA Office Bearers & Executive Committee 2021-22
FELA Conference & Events
TUC Training for Branch Sec & H&S Reps
Links for TUC Training for Branch Secretaries and Health and Safety Representatives for FELA members
FELA Annual Conference 2019
The FELA Annual Conference 2019 Resolutions
2018 FELA Conference
A report of the FELA annual Conference and details of the resolutions.
27 April 2021
Ratification of NJNC Agreement made on 23rd April
Newsletter December 2020
On the run up to Christmas, EIS-FELA have been actively representing you in many ways.
Bulletin 18 September 2020
News and updates from the college sector in September 2020
Honour the Deal
Strike Hardship Fund
FELA Dispute May 2017 - Strike Hardship Fund
NJNC Circulars Issued to Colleges
NJNC Circulars Issued to Colleges.
FELA Newsletter June 2021
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All the latest National bargaining news.
Common employment terms for discussion
National Bargaining Agreements
Documents related to National Bargaining
Consultative NJNC Ballot 2018
Why GTCS Registration?
A cross-sector working group has been set up to establish requirements and pathways for College lecturers to register with and be regulated by the GTCS.
The work of the College Lecturers Registration Working Group
GTCS Registration for college lecturers stems from the NJNC settlement Agreements in 2017.
Are you Registration Ready?
September 2021 will see the national roll-out of GTCS registration for college lecturers across Scotland.
Training events – dates for your diary
Training events have been planned to allow you to raise any questions you may have about registration and what it will mean for you.
Questions regarding GTCS Registration for College Lecturers.
Consultative Ballot 2019
FELA Ballot - FAQ
FELA consultative ballot on pay. What you need to know.
Detail of the Pay Offer
Detail of the pay offer from colleges Scotland
Advice to Members in Colleges on COVID-19
Jan 2021 Scot Gov advice on Covid
Latest Scottish Government advice published on 15th January 2021
Scot Gov COVID-19 Guidance Colleges
Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Colleges
Scot Gov Student Information
Guidance for students living away from home explaining how restrictions on social gatherings apply, as well as plans for the end of term 2020
Updated Student Advice
This guidance is for the college, university and student accommodation (including student associations, halls of residence and Purpose Built Student Accommodation Providers) sectors in Scotland.
FELA Member Survey July 2020
FELA Member Survey July 2020
Covid-19 Update 13 July 2020
An update on the latest developments on how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting the Further Education sector
Working from Home
Working from home guidance
Members' Guide to Risk Assessments in Colleges
Member Advice On The Re-Opening Of Colleges
Joint Statement Between SQA and Colleges Scotland
A joint statement between SQA and Colleges Scotland providing an update on alternative arrangements for SQA qualifications delivered in colleges.
EIS-FELA Guidance on Furlough
Several Scottish colleges are adopting the UK government furlough scheme for some of their employees.
FELA Position on COVID-19
The EIS at national level has advocated three critical ‘red lines’ in relation to members returning physically to workplaces.
EIS Submission on FE and HE
Both FELA and ULA Executive Committees have recently met via video conference to plan the Institute's response to Covid-19 in the Further and Higher Education sectors respectively.
A selection of newsletters with an update on the impact of COVI-19 outbreak on students and FE.
Response to SQA statement
We welcome the SQA statement and the clarification it gives to teaching staff and non-advanced students in the college sector.
Advice relating to the Coronavirus in Further Education Establishments.
instructor assessor national dispute
Draft Joint Statement 23.04.21
Resolution to the EIS-FELA Dispute on Tutor, Assessor, Instructor Roles in Colleges...
The Institute has also decided to utilise its Strike Hardship Fund to provide financial support to those members who are disproportionately affected by and take part in the strike action...
National Dispute Parliamentary Briefing
A parliamentary briefing: EIS-FELA Position on National Dispute over Introduction of Instructor Posts...
FELA Parliamentary Briefing
FELA Parliamentary Briefing sent out to all MSPs on the 4th November 2020, email your MSP and ask if they have read it.
Keep Shetland College Public
With very few exceptions, Scottish colleges are democratically accountable and Shetland's students and community deserve to be treated in the same way.
Forth Valley College
Forth Valley College has callously pushed on with the redundancy process during the Coronavirus pandemic. The EIS FELA Branch at Forth Valley College remain in dispute with the College over the introduction of Instructor Assessor posts.
National Bargaining Updates, News and Circulars
Latest National bargaining news