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Elections see two females take key top posts

Two women will head up the “worlds largest post-16 education union in the world” in the newly formed University and College Union (UCU).

Linda Newman was elected as the union’s first president this Tuesday, creating an all-female top two following the election of Sally Hunt as the union’s first general secretary on Friday.

Ms Newman, from the University of Sussex, is a former National Executive Member of one of UCU’s predecessor unions “” the Association of University Teachers (AUT). AUT amalgamated with sister union, the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE), on 1st June 2006.

Speaking after the election Ms Newman said: “I am truly honoured that UCU members have elected me as the union’s first president. The key for our fledgling union is unity and I am looking forward to working with the thousands of members we have across further and higher education”.

She added: “These are exciting times and I am proud to have been entrusted with the responsibilities that come with the president’s job”.

A total of 60 UCU individuals were elected ““ the general secretary election result was announced last week, and uncontested posts had already been determined. The full results are available at the union’s website.

The trustees do not hold a position on the National Executive Committee.

Natalie Cheers.

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