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I have been doing some reflecting. I tell my students that reflection is one of the most difficult things asked of them because it can mean giving way on a position, acknowledging that we are not always right, recognising where we might need to make changes for the better and, in so doing, it challenges … Continue reading A Reflection in Scarlet
To challenge policy and process is legitimate and core to the democratic agency of our trade union. What is not acceptable, however, is the making of unfounded allegations regarding the integrity of our General Secretary and in particular, suggestions of collusion. We are trade unionists. As such we spend much of our time defending our … Continue reading IBL Response To Attacks on UCU General Secretary.
Anya Cook sits on University and College Union’s National Executive and Further Education Committee and she is Branch Secretary at Newcastle College where she is employed as Higher Education Mentor. Here she tells Transforming Lives why she asked UCU to support her motion to lobby for a Royal Commission into Education in England from Cradle … Continue reading The Charge of the Education Brigade
Good Morning Conference. I am Branch Secretary of UCU - University & College Union - at Newcastle College and I am proud to sit on both its National Executive and its Further Education Committee. I would like to thank Tony Dowling and the organisers for inviting me to speak to you here today. Our theme … Continue reading Building Strong Unions Conference #TUC150
I was first asked by a veteran Labour councillor to consider standing as a candidate back in 2007. "I couldn't possibly do that - and there is no way I could go doorknocking". End of conversation.There was no reason for the "I couldn't possibly" other than I had never even considered ... and it was … Continue reading “I couldn’t possibly do that!”
Thank you for inviting me to speak. Racism, prejudice and intolerance have NO place in this city. I am proud to represent University and College Union's National Executive here today. I am proud to represent a trade union that, like a stick of Blackpool Rock, has equality at its core. To be tolerant of diversity … Continue reading “Stand up to Racism” Demo