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Defend public education: from cradle to grave'

30 January 2014

UCU held a one day conference open to all members on Saturday 1 February 2014, an important conference about the defence of public education in the so-called age of austerity.

It brought together speakers and participants from across education to discuss the key policy currents and to focus upon what we can do to defend the principle of education from cradle to to grave.

Highlights included:

  Keynote speaker - Bonnie Greer [45kb]

Presentation by Huw Lewis, minister for education and skills Wales

Presentation by Max Hyde,  NUT vice president

Workshops on different ways of campaigning:

  • marketisation and privatisation - Alex Kenny, NUT & Jonathan White, UCU Deputy Head of Campaigns
  • the changing curriculum
  • access and widening participation - Harriet Bradley, UCU NEC
  • adult learning and vocational education and training - Tom Wilson, CEO TUC Unionlearn
  • what's been happening in the devolved administrators - Professor Mike Larkin, UCU and Queens University
  • the Action for ESOL Campaign
  • using social networks and media - Rosie Rogers, Compass
  • the UCU Knowledge Campaign - Matt Waddup, UCU head of policy and campaigns
  • NUS campaign
  • NUT campaign
Last updated: 29 January 2020