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.

Equality Groups Conference 2018 will be held at Manchester Conference Centre from Thursday 29 November - Saturday 1 December 2018.

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

Thursday 29 November, 09:30 - 13:00: Disabled Members Annual Meeting  

Thursday 29 November, 14:00 - 17:30: Women Members' Conference

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

Friday 30 November, 09:00 - 13:00 Plenary session and workshops

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

Saturday 1 December, 09:30 - 13:00: LGBT Members Conference

To register click here


Equality Groups Conference 2017

The 2017 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 (head of FE) and Paul Bridge (head of HE).


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: 18 September 2018