Endorsement from Dr Sarah E Seaton, Co-Chair of University of Leicester UCU Branch

Many universities and FE colleges in the UK are stuck in the pastwith overworked, underpaid, unhappy and unsecure staff working at them. UCU has worked hard to keep the pressure on, but radical change is needed and I welcome this General Secretary election. There has never been a more important time for change, and I believe that Jo Grady brings a breath of fresh air to the education sector. As an externally funded researcher myself, I greatly welcome Jo Grady’s manifesto plans to tackle casualisation, I feel this is an area UCU has failed to make sufficient progress in the past. I am delighted to see Jo’s plans for a more transparent union, with a General Secretary more accountable to their membership. Having fought alongside Jo Grady in the past in local disputes here at Leicester, I can categorically confirm that she would be excellent as the next General Secretary of UCU and she will be receiving my #1 vote.