Dr Marion Hersh (University of Glasgow)

Election address

Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, Glasgow University

  • UCU NEC, HEC, Equality Committee  2007-2009, 2010-2012, 2013-2017

  • UCU Scotland Executive 2007-2011, 2013-2015, 2017-2019

  • Stress and Bullying Working Group

  • Congress Business Committee

  • USS negotiator 2011-2012, 2013-18

  • Commission on Effective Industrial Action

  • Glasgow Committee from 1990, currently equality rep, formerly green rep

  • UCULeft

Lifelong anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-war campaigner, campaigner for social justice. 

I'm passionately committed to fully inclusive (higher) education, academic freedom in teaching and research and totally opposed to marketisation and commodification, the REF and TEF.  My vision is a free, publicly-funded and accessible system which encourages people to ask awkward questions.

As branch equality officer, I'm developing a branch equality plan, encouraging the involvement of more Black members, and working with the committee to implement a motion on improved building accessibility and access to reasonable adjustments.  I've represented UCU on the STUC LGBT+ Workers' Committee since 2012 and regularly attend and actively contribute to the STUC and UCU equality conferences.  If elected I would revive the UCUS Equality and Human Rights Network and work to make equality issues central to UCUS and branch industrial and campaigning activities.    

As a USS negotiator I'm committed to maintaining and, if possible, improving defined benefit pensions for members.  The resounding vote in the consultative ballot shows the anger of members and that we can win with good leadership which does not give up too soon or accept too little.  I will continue to stress the importance of equality and anti-casualisation aspects of the campaign.

I've successfully proposed action on a variety of important equality issues to STUC and Scotland and UK Congresses and Executives: supporting EU and international staff, asylum seekers, woman's right to choose, gay men in Chechnya, points-based immigration, equality impact assessments, human rights act, non-binary gender, additional learning support, Holocaust Memorial Day. 

I've participated in many campaigns against job losses, department closures and victimisation - Scottish education faculties, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling, Aberdeen, Strathclyde, London Met ...  I'm active in campaigns against casualisation, points-based immigration and climate change, the women's, disabled members' and LGBT networks and supporting Black members, Disabled People Against the Cuts and SCND.  I juggle my union and other campaigning activity with a full time job.  My work on technology for people with sensory impairments and autistic people, accessibility, usability, and technology and ethics informs my campaigning.     

UCU should continue to work with other unions, students, anti-cuts and equality groups on wider campaigns and to defend education and access for all.  A HE system which values and rewards women, Black, LGBT+ and disabled students and staff and removes the barriers to their participation and success will enrich both itself and the whole of society. 

Last updated: 1 February 2018