Equality groups conference

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

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

For papers for the conference click on the below link:


The conference will hold four small half day conferences for each equality strand and a plenary session for all.  This will mean not all delegates will need to be at the conference for the full 3 days.

The theme for this year plenary session is organising and campaigning through the prism of intersectionality.  This session will discuss 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 confirmed for this session are:  Kalwant Bhopal: Professor of Education and Social Justice  Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of the Equality Trust.  

Thursday 23 November 

Disabled Members Conference (09:30 - 13:00)

Women Members Conference (14:00 - 17:30)

There will be a dinner for all delegates attending for each strand on Thursday evening.

Friday 24 November

Joint plenary and FE/HE workshops from 09:00 - 13:00

Black Members' Conference (14:00 17:30)

Saturday 25 November

LGBT Members' Conference (09:30 - 13:00)

Click here to register  - Registration deadline is Thursday 26 October.

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 (head of FE) and Paul Bridge.  (head of HE)

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 here 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 here UCU605.html

For more information please contact UCU's Equality Administrator

Last updated: 15 November 2017