Dr Anna Notaro (University of Dundee)

Election address

Dear Colleagues,

Recent publicity over sexual harassment against women in all areas of life shows only one aspect of the inequality still facing women in society - something which our union must continue to campaign against.

The continuing need for campaigns to close the Gender Pay Gap - increasingly being highlighted by us in Scotland - indicates the links between women's pay and gender inequality - which of course also links to the issue of casualised contracts. UCU can be proud of our recent achievements in this area, and I look forward to processing it further in Scotland.

Working at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, where I have led the School's application for an Athena SWAN bronze award, my experience as Equality & Diversity Champion outlines my positive commitment to the value of inclusivity in all areas.

My work in the debates on equality through online networks and social media can be seen in blog posts like: "50 Shades of Sexism in the Academy" at:

https://universitydiary.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/50-shades-of-sexism-in-the-academy/

I have a long-standing research expertise in gender studies, and also use my wider knowledge of the cultural and legal ramifications of equality & diversity issues to push for a situation where any direct or indirect discrimination in the work place, is eliminated so that talent is recognized regardless of gender, class, race, disability, or any other factor that shapes our identities.

Our black and minority ethnic members are still under represented in the structures of our union in Scotland and as equality officer I would pledge to work conscientiously to improve this situation. Similarly it is important that the voice of disabled members continues to be heard - as has been acknowledged by our award-winning work together with the STUC in highlighting this issue.

Other equality strands such as LGBT+ remain important to the future success of UCU in representing the interests of all the workforce in HE, and similarly I pledge to ensure that the voices of LGBT+ members are heard throughout our structures, branches and in our campaigning.

I believe in the values of a broad and diverse campaigning union able to bring the interests of all together, in a way that enriches our experience, our effectiveness and our relevance to all members.

I look forward to working together with you all as equality officer and to helping the union influence university management, and the Scottish government's policy in this field through all means, including social media. When not teaching or researching I can in fact be found on Twitter at @notanna1

Please vote for me as UCU Scotland Equality Officer.

Thank you!

Anna

Dr Anna Notaro

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

a.z.notaro@dundee.ac.uk

Last updated: 1 February 2018