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Black members' conference

31 August 2021

Annual meeting for UCU black members, taking place during the annual UCU equality conference.

The annual equality groups conference 2023 will be held at Manchester INNSiDE Hotel from Thursday 16 November - Saturday 18 November 2023

More information about the conference will be updated here once we get nearer to the event

The Black members' conference will be on Friday 17th November from 14:00- 17:30

Registration - deadline, Tuesday 17 October 2023


Motions - deadline, Thursday 26 October 2023

Branches/local associations are invited to submit up to three appropriate motions relevant to black members. Motions must have been approved either  by a quorate general meeting, or by a properly constituted meeting of black members.

Nominations - deadline, Thursday 2 November 2023

Nominees to this committee must be in good membership standing, be a black member, (this being self defined) and be employed with the last 12 months.

The Black members' annual conference 2022 was held Conference Aston on Saturday 10 December from 14:00 - 17:00

The theme was: 'Enough is enough: time for action' 

There was a focus on the disproportionate impact of the cost-of-living crisis on black workers and communities.  

The keynote speaker for the conference was Professor Gus John. 

The following workshops ran as part of the conference: 

  • Mental health and race  

  • EDI and black workers  

  • TUC and Anti-Racism Taskforce  

  • Cost of living and ethnicity pay gap (to include implications of Covid) 

Email us if you would like to join UCU's network for black members.

Diary date

The black members' conference was held on Saturday 4 December 14:00 - 17:00

Speakers included:

  • Gary Younge, journalist, author and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester 
  • Jason Arday,  Associate Professor of Sociology



General conference information

There is plenty of opportunity throughout the day to network with other colleagues as well as to take part in various workshops  The conference discusses and votes on motions submitted by branches/local associations. The carried motions advise the NEC about the views of black members. Nominations to the committee are also collected and counted either during the day or the following few days. 

For any questions specifically about the black member's conference please contact Chris Nicholas.

For general event enquiries contact Sue Bajwa.

Last updated: 19 October 2023