UCU Democracy Commission

UCU Democracy commission

UCU Congress 2018 agreed to set up a democracy commission to carry out a review of UCU's democratic structures and to bring recommendations to a special one-day congress. The relevant congress motions are reproduced below.

Work of the commission

The commission met on 25 October and 7 December 2018. It will meet again on 11 January and 22 February 2019.

The minutes of the first meeting can be found here [129kb].

Contact the commission

Congress and NEC emphasised the importance of involving as many members as possible in the work of the commission and the debate about the issues that it will be considering.

Any branches, regions or devolved nations, or individual members, can make suggestions and comments to the commission using the email address demcom@ucu.org.uk  

Commission members

Commission members were elected by and from branches, regions, devolved nations and the union's advisory committees. The commission elected Vicky Blake (University of Leeds) and Elane Heffernan (Hackney Community College) as its co-chairs.

Regional and devolved nation seats

Alan Barker (University of Nottingham), East Midlands
Alison Chapman (City College Plymouth), South West
Lindesay Dawe (Ulster University), Northern Ireland
Nina Doran (City of Liverpool College), North West
Geraint Evans (Bradford College),Yorkshire and Humberside
Jeff Fowler (Sunderland University), Northern
Ann Gow (University of Glasgow), Scotland
John Hadwin (Guildford College), South East
Dr John Hogan (Anglia Ruskin University), Eastern and Home Counties
Chris Jones (NPTC Group), Wales
Sharon Broer (Central group), West Midlands
Denis A Nicole (University of Southampton), South
Keith Simpson (City, University of London), London

Branch seats - Further education

Cecily Blyther (Petroc)
Jacqueline D'Arcy (Warwickshire College Group)
Martha Harris (City of Liverpool College [Arts and Mulberry])
Margot Hill (Croydon College)
John James (Coleg Gwent [Newport])
Kerry Lemon (NCG - Newcastle College)
Rachel Minshull (Leeds City College)
Justin Wynne (East Sussex College Group [Hastings])

Prison education

Brian Hamilton (NOVUS Prison Education)

Adult and Continuing Educators (ACE)

Naina Kent (Hackney Adult Education)

Branch seats - Higher education

Mark Abel (University of Brighton [Grand Parade])
Dr Caitlin Adams (Open University)
Dr Douglas Chalmers (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Rachel Cohen (City, University of London)
Jane Harvey (University of Wolverhampton [Walsall])
Pat Hornby Atkinson (Edge Hill University)
Kirsty Keywood (University of Manchester)
Jess Meacham (University of Sheffield)
Lesley McGorrigan (University of Leeds)
Christina Paine (London Metropolitan University [City])
Sean Wallis (University College London)
Saira Weiner (Liverpool John Moores University)

Equality standing committee and employment special interest group committees

Vicky Blake (University of Leeds), Academic related, professional staff committee
Martin Chivers (City, University of London), LGBT members standing committee
Elane Heffernan (Hackney Community College), Disabled members standing committee
Rhiannon Lockley (Halesowen College),Women members standing committee
Sam Morecroft (University of Sheffield), Anti-casualisation committee
Nita Sanghera (Bourneville College), Black members standing committee


Congress motions on the commission

B19  Democracy Review

Congress notes:

  1. concerns from many branches and members about the processes behind the consultative ballot on the USS offer of 23rd March
  2. the lack of  inter-election mechanisms by which to recall or hold elected union representatives  to account.

Congress resolves:

  1. to undertake a review before Congress 2019 of UCU's democratic structures via a democracy commission
  2. that the commission should be elected by and from branches, regional committees, devolved nations and advisory committees of the union
  3. to empower the commission to recommend changes to UCU's democratic structures at  a one day special Congress, for discussion and voting on by branch delegates.

L9            Democracy Commission

Congress notes Congress 2018 has resolved to set up a Democracy Commission to review our democratic structures.

Congress resolves:

  1. that candidates for election to the commission must be nominated by their respective branches, regions or advisory committees
  2. that the commission must be elected and have held their first meeting by 31 October 2018
  3. regional committees, devolved nations, branches and advisory committees must be strongly encouraged to organise specific meetings to discuss the issues that are to be discussed by the commission
  4. the commission shall draw up recommendations to put to a one-day special Congress to discuss how our democratic structures should function and what they should look like.

Related documents

Election of Democracy Commission: nominations and ballot period
UCU893.html | UCU893.rtf

Election of Democracy Commission: call for nominations
UCU885.html | UCU885.rtf

Last updated: 14 December 2018