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A message to all UCU members from the general secretary

5 March 2024

Following my re-election as general secretary I wanted to write to all members to set out how I aim to implement my manifesto commitments and reflect on some of the key themes that were debated during various hustings and forums that took place during the election.

I want to express my gratitude to everyone who cast their vote, regardless of whether it was for me or one of the other candidates. If you placed your trust in me, I promise to do everything in my power to live up to that trust. And if you didn't vote for me, please know that I am fully committed to listening to all perspectives. My aim is to unite the membership.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing my 100 days plan. It will cover key areas such as equality, industrial strategy, recruitment, the forthcoming general election and legal work. It will contain realistic actions in the areas you have told me are important, and on the issues you have raised.

I want to continue some of the open and honest conversations I've had with members in higher, further, prison and adult education during the campaign. I will make it a priority to get into branches and meet with members over the next few months. 

We have so many challenges ahead of us, but I am confident that if we bring the whole union together then we can deliver the change you the members so desperately need. 

I look forward to working with you all for the next five years. 

Let's get to work. 

Jo Grady
UCU general secretary

Last updated: 5 March 2024