Monthly Archives: January 2015

UCU Branch Elections for Vice President: Candidate – Jamie Melrose

Proposed: Steve Condliffe

Seconded: Tracey Hooper

Jamie has been active in the branch since 2011. An hourly-paid teacher in SPAIS, he has served as Postgraduate Rep and Hourly-Paid Teacher Rep, before he was elected as the branch Anti-Casualisation Officer in 2014. He has also been a Branch Development Officer since 2012, having been appointed by lead Branch Officers. In addition, he currently sits on the South West UCU Regional Executive Committee.

Jamie has a great deal of experience running the branch day-to-day, serving on important committees and groups such as the Pensions Working Group and the branch Executive. As a Branch Officer, he has contributed in areas such as branch communication, event organisation, campaigning for hourly-paid and fixed-term contract staff, as well as being part of our branch officer team.

If elected Vice-President, Jamie will continue his work building the branch, building an open, inclusive organisation fit for purpose and responsive to members’ concerns. Given his recent experience, Jamie sees the role of the Vice President in the current setup as very much a ‘chief of staff’, deputising for the President in the day-to-day running of the branch. Over the last few years, Jamie and the candidate for president, Tracey have formed a very effective working relationship.

UCU Branch Elections for President: Candidate – Tracey Hooper

Proposed: Colin Lazarus,

Seconded: Chris Betram

Tracey has worked for the University for 30 years in a wide variety of roles. Her last position – before being made redundant during SPR – was Head of Administration for Information Services. Tracey also managed the IT Zone Migration project in her final year. She now works solely for UCU.  Tracey has a long history of trade union activism.

Tracey was Branch Secretary of NALGO in the early nineties as well as being a member of University Council and Court during that period.  She was Treasurer of AUT for several years before taking a break whilst her children were young.  Tracey has been Vice-President of UCU for the past three and a half years.  Her most notable achievements are the prevention of down-grading and redundancies of staff within the Centre for Anatomy and the conversion of a number of long-term hourly paid teachers to permanent contracts in the School for Modern Languages – this is a prelude to the conversion of many more hourly-paid staff this coming year.