Endorsement from Professor Sally Hines, University of Leeds

I am honored to endorse Jo Grady’s UCU General Secretary candidacy. During the 2018 USS pensions strikes, Jo worked tirelessly to articulate a strong collective voice and proved herself to be a dynamic force for change. As demonstrated by her manifesto commitments, Jo’s campaign is uniquely informed by her exceptionally strong levels of personal commitment and professional knowledge.  Her grounding in grassroot struggle and her political expertise give her the edge needed to increase the profile and active membership of the UCU in order to bring transformation to the current troubling climate of HE in the UK. Working against HE cultures of precarity, casualisation and marketisation, and fighting low and unequal pay structures, Jo offers vitality and vision. I am also supporting Jo due to her broader support for gender equality and trans rights. Underpinned by socialist principles of power redistribution, Jo Grady’s manifesto brings a much needed energy to to our Union and offers the political urgency needed in current times.