Strike action in higher education

Women members' conference

Annual meeting for women members in UCU, taking place during the annual equality conference.

Diary date The annual equality groups conference 2019 will be held in Birmingham at the Conference Aston from Thursday 21 November - 23 November 2019.

The women members' conference will be on Thursday 21 November from 14:00 - 17:30.

The theme for this year's conference will be  'Building and sustaining activism in the workplace'. 

Speakers will include:

  • Deepa Driver, WMSC & University of Reading - will speak about her experience as a black disabled female activist and academic.
  • Dr Clare Butler, University of Newcastle - will speak about her research and film about the menopause.

There will be workshops where members will have the opportunity to discuss different areas of activism, including one on the topic of maternity rights for women on precarious contracts. Kate Moran from Maternity Rights will be facilitating this workshop, talking about the current project we are working on and how UCU women members can get involved



Branches/local associations are invited to submit up to three appropriate motions relevant to Women members. Motions must have been approved either  by a quorate general meeting, or by a properly constituted meeting of Women members.

For a motions form 

Deadline for motions: Thursday 31 October


Nominees to this committee must be in good membership standing, be a Women member, (this being self defined) and be employed with the last 12 months.

Deadline for nominations: Thursday 7 November.

General conference information

There is plenty of opportunity throughout the day to network with other colleagues as well as to take part in various workshops  The conference discusses and votes on motions submitted by branches/local associations. The carried motions advise the NEC about the views of women members. Nominations to the committee are also collected and counted during the day.

For any questions specifically about the women's conference please contact Charlotte Nielsen.

For general event enquiries contact Sue Bajwa.

Last updated: 26 September 2019