All out for USS

It's not too late! Universities UK can still commit to meaningful negotiations over pensions and end the strike action.

Marian Mayer (Bournemouth University)

Election address

I am a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development, Bournemouth University, an active member of UCU since 2005, and UCU left since 2016. My doctoral research investigates whether transformative education for Widening Participation and non-traditional students is possible within the context of the neoliberal agenda to dismantle public HE in the UK. I support students' learning on a one-to-one and cohort level. The successes my team has demonstrated in both retention and improved outcomes for non-traditional, WP and international students at all levels are recognised as sector leading.

Branch positions I have held include:

•   Faculty rep - where I made significant gains for the working conditions of members

•   Equality Officer - where I was a key negotiator in formulating an Equality Impact assessment agreement, currently negotiating a disabled staff policy

•   Chair - led on consultations and negotiations to agree new and revised policies to protect staff, with a strong focus on equality and anti-casualisation

•   Vice Chair - where I led and continue to work with branch colleagues on Equal Pay Audits.

Current posts:

•   Health and Safety - currently leading on workload and stress campaigns

•   Chair of the Southern Regional Committee - building on the work of previous Chairs to improve working conditions for members and strengthen the union.  My Regional role involves supporting members in FE and HE.

Casework I have undertaken in the past 11 years has given me insight into the increasing impact of bullying, harassment, discrimination and exploitative workloads, which disproportionately impacts on women in the workplace. In particular I have successfully represented women seeking reasonable adjustments and agreements to allow them to meet caring responsibilities.

I also led my branch's challenging and protracted negotiations on a review of key policies, securing important policy changes to protect members. In terms of campaigning on anti- casualisation I led my branch's negotiations to agree a formula to convert HPL staff to substantive fractional contracts. More than 100 casualised staff (staff on HPL contracts) stand to gain from one of the best agreements across the sector.

As a mentor and panel member of my university's HEA Fellowship accreditation body I support colleagues in their applications for fellowship at all levels, and am especially proud of the numbers of women I have supported to gain Senior and Principal Fellowship.

If elected I will work to:

•   Protect and defend colleagues impacted by Brexit

•   End the pay gap in HE

•   End all forms of harassment in the workplace

•   Fight for truly accessible campuses where children and family members are welcomed

With your vote I will strive to make a positive contribution as the representative for women members on the NEC. It is my firm belief that advancing the causes of women improves the workplace for all members.

 

Last updated: 1 February 2018