Why I am standing

My name is Jo McNeill, and I am standing as a candidate for UCU General Secretary.

I stood for General Secretary against Sally Hunt as a rank-and-file candidate, calling for a change of direction, and received 41% of the votes.

I am an ordinary member of our trade union. I have worked in our sector for most of my adult life, and joined UCU as soon as I was eligible. FE and the University of Liverpool gave me a second chance. I have been working in Higher Education in Widening Participation and Fair Access since my MA. I am currently UCU Branch President at the University of Liverpool and in my fifth year on NEC.

I am an activist: I want our union to stand up for ordinary members, something I do each day, every day.

I have just come from contesting the Vice President election in UCU. Vicky Blake and I toured the country speaking to too many branches to count. You can watch my Vice President election video below.

In that election the vote went three ways. It is testament to the non-sectarian nature of my support that the majority of my supporters voted for the other left candidate, Vicky Blake second, and it was my second preference votes which ensured that she won.

This is an introduction to my campaign. All members will receive a copy of my full election address with your ballot paper in April. Between now and then I will circulate a series of blog posts addressing issues our members are facing. These will be tweeted out, shared on my facebook page and emailed to branches.

To get going, I have put a short analyis and explanation of why I am standing on this blog.

If you are interested in what I have to say, ask your branch officers to share my posts with you or contact me direct on: j.mcneill@liverpool.ac.uk

Turnout in the last election was under 13%. It’s vital that you let your voice be heard, whichever way you decide to vote.

You can follow me on twitter: @jomcneillUCU

You can keep up to date with my blog: jomcneillucu.wordpress.com