Youth Strike 4 Climate Change – Newcastle 19 July 19

Students I bring you greetings of solidarity from UCU - from University and College Union - the trade union that works with teachers and lecturers in colleges and universities. UCU supports you and we are campaigning to take action in support with you, in September. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please take a lesson and learn from the past. … Continue reading Youth Strike 4 Climate Change – Newcastle 19 July 19

Conference on Children’s Rights (organised by Roma Access)

(Speaking for University & College Union national executive, further education committee) I can tell you that UCU’s national executive deplore the scapegoating of migrants and we will continue to challenge all forms of discrimination and we will continue to fight against the politics of austerity and the impacts of it. UCU’s starting point is that … Continue reading Conference on Children’s Rights (organised by Roma Access)

‘I have a dream’ Newcastle’s Unity Carnival 2019

Anya Cook introduces Newcastle Unites, celebrating diversity and equality ON Saturday July 6 Newcastle Unites will be celebrating unity in our community at our second annual Unity Carnival. The event starts with a walk from the multicultural West End of Newcastle and ends in costume, music, dance, theatre and poetry at Grey’s Monument, renowned symbol … Continue reading ‘I have a dream’ Newcastle’s Unity Carnival 2019

Speaking to FE16 Workload and Contact Hours at UCU FE Sector Conference 2019

Anya Cook Newcastle College Branch Secretary National Executive We have been challenging workload in a systematic campaign since 2014. We have had some wins and our UCU President came to the branch to celebrate with us in 2017. Our Workload Working Group model of working was rolled out nationally by UCU in the national workload … Continue reading Speaking to FE16 Workload and Contact Hours at UCU FE Sector Conference 2019

Tyne & Wear May Day March and Rally 2019

Tyne and Wear May Day March and Rally 2019 Anya Cook UCU National Executive speaking for Newcastle Unites Good Afternoon. The first thing I want to do is to invite you to the Unity Carnival, Saturday 6th July. It starts with a walk from The Beacon in the West End of Newcastle and ends here, … Continue reading Tyne & Wear May Day March and Rally 2019

One Servant, Two Masters (Three Candidates): UCU general secretary election 2019

The good ship UCU has been without a steer on the wheel since October last year. The imminent election for general secretary presents an opportunity to turn the rudder and plot a new course. Whoever wins is a servant to the union, a servant to masters in both higher and further education. The truth is … Continue reading One Servant, Two Masters (Three Candidates): UCU general secretary election 2019

Speech to support NEU’s motion on SEND at #NTUC19

Anya Cook UCU National Executive and Branch Secretary at Newcastle College Chronic underfunding of schools and colleges through privatisation and cuts is leading to failings. In Northumberland, in October, the combined inspection by Ofsted with the Care Quality Commission into SEND failed spectacularly. Their report highlights severe staff shortages, severely overworked staff and gaps in … Continue reading Speech to support NEU’s motion on SEND at #NTUC19