LGBT Members' Conference

Annual meeting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of UCU, taking place during the annual UCU equality conference.

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

Diary date   

 Equality groups conference 2017 will be held at the Novotel Birmingham Centre, 70 Broad Street, Birmingham, BN1 2HT from Thursday 23 November - Saturday 25 November.

For further details can be found Equality groups conference

The LGBT members' conference will be on Saturday 25 November from 09:30 -13:00

The LGBT members conference will have an international focus reflecting concerns about the large disparity in LGBT rights across Europe. Dorota Obidniak from the European Trade Union Committee for Education will be speaking. A speaker from Amnesty International will report on their actions against the internment and killing of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya and other recent events. There will also be some focus on policy concerns raised through UCU Congress in 2017 including work with NUS on trans inclusion in sports and sporting facilities. The new UCU LGBT members standing committee will be elected at this conference.

The conference will include time for debate on motions, guest speakers and nominations to the committee.

Registration - Registration deadline is Thursday 26 October

To register for the LGBT members session you must self identify as a LGBT member and tick the appropriate session on the form. Register here


Branches/local associations are invited to submit up to three appropriate motions relevant to lgbt members.  Motions must have been approved either  by a quorate general meeting, or by a properly constituted meeting of lgbt members,  Deadline for motions is Thursday 2 November.



Nominees to this committee must be in good membership standing, be a lgbt member, (this being self defined) and be employed with the last 12 months.  The deadline for nominations is Thursday 9 November.

There are five vacancies for a term of two years.

This page will be updated as and when more arrangements are confirmed.


Delegates for this conference are entitled to stay on (Wednesday if attending the Disabled conference) Thursday & Friday eve.

LGBT conference 2016

Saturday 3 December

The theme was  Gender Identity Today - learner perspectives and speakers  included Noorulann Shahid, NUS and Cooper Bates, Leeds City College. The conference theme built from awareness of recent developments, including possible generational differences, in the understanding and experience of gender identity. This includes concerns arising from the findings contained in the Forum report 'Pride and Prejudice' and the House of Commons' Women and Equalities Committee report on Transgender Equality.

LGBT conference 2015

14 November 2015

There was plenty of opportunity for delegates to share their good and bad experiences with a view to producing tangible outcomes which will benefit LGBT members in the long term.

For more information on this conference please email Seth Atkin.

Last updated: 18 October 2017