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UCU 'Cradle to Grave' conference 2019

UCU conference on the defence of public education being held on 16 February 2019 in Manchester.

The theme for our 2019 conference will be 'reimagining education - towards a national education service' which will look at the many critical issues facing further and higher education including the role of meritocracy, inequality and devolution.

Keynote speakers:

Morning session

Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Education on  "Embedding fairness and equality in education"

Afternoon session

Doctor Jo Littler on: "The myth of meritocracy" 

As a first for Cradle to Grave, the event will also feature a workshop, facilitated by Dr Kay Sidebottom, on learning on the picket line using examples of teach outs from recent UCU disputes.


1.      Unpicking privilege and power - what does real equality look like?


Professor Paul Miller, University of Huddersfield

Melz Owusu, Poet, University of Leeds

2.      Students or consumers - can a National Education Service deliver opportunity and outcome?


Professor Nicola Ingram, Sheffield Hallam University

Hannah Sketchley, National Union of Students

Dr Louise Bunce, Oxford Brookes University

3.      Learning through liberation - the picket line as classroom

Facilitator: Dr Kay Sidebottom, Leeds Beckett University

This open session will include contributions from 'teach out' activists from our recent USS and FE disputes including contributions from Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds.

The conference will offer plenty of opportunities for members to interact with speakers and contribute to the debate too.

The event, which includes lunch, is free to UCU members but it always sells out so if you want to come please book here today.


Last updated: 16 January 2019