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Peter Collins (St Mary's University College Belfast)

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I am a Senior Lecturer in History in St Mary's University College Belfast

A member of NATFHE/UCU since 1999, I am currently chair of St Mary's UCU branch

I am a long-serving delegate to the UCU Northern Ireland Regional Council

I have been a delegate to six UCU annual Congresses

I have represented UCU at two biennial Congresses of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions

I will support the strongest action by UCU in restoring our much devalued salaries and in defending USS pensions. I will press NEC for a more active stance than hitherto

I will actively campaign for increased investment by government in HE in Northern Ireland

I will strongly oppose casualization and marketization in HE

I will press for proper provision for colleagues burdened by stress and increased workloads

I strongly support UCU'S solidarity work in countries where academics and students and populations face repression.

I am a member of UCU Left

As a lifelong trade unionist I have been a member of NAS/UWT AND UNITE. I was Northern Ireland student recruitment officer and chair of Lisburn Association  NAS/UWT. I was a delegate to the Regional Council of NAS/UWT and attended three annual national conferences of that union

My doctoral thesis and some of my publications were in the field of labour history. Through this I have a wide knowledge of the history, traditions and culture of the trade union movement of which UCU is an important part

I was joint leader of a study trip involving students from Stranmillis and St Mary's Colleges to Israel/Palestine

I was founder member of the journal History Ireland and continue to sit on its editorial board

I am a founder member of Reclaim the Enlightenment a group which aims to reintroduce the principles which characterised the liberal town of Belfast, in the late 18th century, into the present-day political and cultural discourse

I led a successful campaign which gained fair trade status for St Mary's


Last updated: 1 February 2018