Thursday, 16 February 2017

UCU: short film of our annual ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference

UCU: short film of our annual ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference 

Dear colleague

I’m pleased to invite you to watch this short film of our annual ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference which took place last weekend bringing together progressive voices in defence of public education.

This year the focus was on what a post-Brexit future holds for further and higher education and we were lucky to have an excellent range of speakers including shadow chancellor John McDonnell MP, author Melissa Benn, political commentator Steve Richards, and academics Professor Kalwant Bhopal, Dr Vicky Duckworth, Dr Rob Smith and Sir Peter Scott.

The event saw the launch of our booklet produced with Refugee Action challenging negative perceptions about refugees and a central theme of the day and of my speech was the urgent need for us as educators and trade unionists to stand up for progressive values and against the racism of Donald Trump and the populist Right.

I hope you enjoy the film – please share it with colleagues and friends and also support the national ‘One Day Without Us’ day of action in defence of migrants on Monday 20 February.

Thank you.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary

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