Women Members' Conference

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

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 Women members' conference will be on Thursday 23 November from 14:00 -17:30

The theme for this year's women members' conference is "A woman's place is in the union - empowering women to empower change". Invited speakers include Saffyiah Khan, artist and activist, who famously stood up to a member of the far-right English Defence League at a demonstration in Birmingham's city centre; and Ellen Clifford, DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts). The day will also include workshops on action planning around key issues such as gender pay and sexual harassment. 

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

Registration - Deadline 26 October

To register for the women members session you must self identify as a women 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 women members.  Motions must have been approved either  by a quorate general meeting, or by a properly constituted meeting of women members,  Deadline for motions is Thursday 2 November.



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.  The deadline for nominations is Thursday 9 November.

There are four 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 eve (Friday if they are attending the LGBT conference)

Women Members' Conference 2016

Thursday 1 December

The theme for the 2016 Women Members' Conference was 'Standing up to everyday sexism'. Speakers included Maz Saleem, active campaigner against racism and Islamophobia. There were workshops on gender pay and career progression; abortion rights campaign; and sexual harassment and lad culture.

Women Members' Conference 2015

The women members' conference was held on 12 November 2015 and included discussion on issues relevant to disabled members, motions and elections to the committee. 

Women Members' Conference 2014

The conference took place on 13 November at the Manchester Conference Centre. Two motions were discussed in this session.

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: 3 October 2017