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Equality conference

Equality groups conference

UCU's annual equality conference combines a joint equality conference for black, disabled, LGBT+ and women members as well as dedicated sessions for the four constituencies, joint sessions, various workshops and guest speakers.

Annual equality conference

UCU's Equality Groups Conference 2019 will be held at Conference Aston from Thursday 21 November - Saturday 23 November 2019.

Delegates must register before the deadline of Wednesday 23 October 5pm



The conference will hold four separate half-day conferences for black, disabled, LGBT+ and  women members, and a plenary session for all equality strands. Not all delegates will need to be at the conference for the full three days.  

Thursday 21 November, 09:30 - 13:00 - Disabled Members' Annual Conference

Thursday 21 November, 14:00 - 17:30 Women Members' Annual Conference

There will be a dinner for all delegates attending for each strand on Thursday evening from 19:30.

Friday 22 November, 09:00 - 13:00: plenary session and workshops

Friday 22 November, 14:00 - 17:30 Black Members' Annual Conference

Saturday 23 November 09:30 - 13:00 LGBT+ Members' Annual Conference

Notes on previous conferences

Equality conference 2018

The 2018 conference was held in Manchester from 29 November - 1 December 2018 in Manchester, and included half-day conferences for each of the four equality strands, and a plenary session on exploring the rise of the populist right in Western Europe and North America, with reference to class politics, the politics of hate, austerity, the hostile environment and our own identity. Speakers included: Moyra Samuels, Justice4Grenfell; Peter Purton, a trade union champion for disability and LGBT rights and author; and Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede Trust. There was also a short session with Jo Seery from Thompsons Solicitors on running a discriminstion case.

Equality conference 2017

The 2017 conference  took place in Birmingham from 23-25 November.  The conference included the four equality strands, plenary session on organising and campaigning through the prism of intersectionality. This session will discussed how we address the issue of intersectionality in how we organise and campaign. It will also discuss class inequality and the move by the Scottish Parliament to bring in the socio-economic duty which has not be enacted as part of the Equality Act in the UK. Speakers were Kalwant Bhopal: Professor of Education and Social Justice  Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of the Equality Trust.

There were FE & HE workshops delivered by Andrew Harden (UCU head of further education) and Paul Bridge (UCU head of higher education).

Equality conference 2016

The 2016 conference took place in Birmingham from 1-3 December. The conference included conferences for the four equality groups and a plenary for session opened by Vicky Knight, UCU vice-president. The session was based on 'supporting members after Brexit' and discussed the rise in racism and xenophobia since the EU referendum, the immigration issues that may face our members and the potential impact on equality and employment rights. 

Sector specific workshops were held and delivered by Andrew Harden (UCU head of further education) and Paul Bridge (UCU head of higher education).

Speakers included Dawn Livingston, Organiser with HOPE not hate, Sally Brett, Senior Policy Officer, TUC and Kirsten Forkert, UCU member at Birmingham City University, Malia Bouattia, NUS president, Cooper Bates, Leeds City College, Trish Fay, Durham teaching assistant & Sara Tomlinson, NUT.

Equality conference 2015 

This conference was held over 3 days at the View Hotel in Eastbourne.  The conference included equality strand session, workshops and guest speakers. More information can be found in circular UCU685.html.

Equality conference 2014

The conference was held over three days at the Manchester Centre. The conference incorporated all the equality strands and a plenary session that had speeches from UCU general secretary Sally Hunt, TUC senior equality officer, Sally Brett, Nathaniel Coleman, UCU with a question and answer session. More information can be found in circular UCU605.html

For more information please contact UCU's Equality Administrator

Last updated: 17 September 2019