UCU: Cradle To Grave Conference

cradle_to_grave_rainbow1I’m pleased to invite you to watch this short film of our annual ‘Cradle to Grave’ conference which took place on 11 February 2017 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 Sally Hunt’s 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.