My name is Victoria Showunmi and I am standing for election as Vice President of the UCU because I care passionately about our union and our members. I am currently acting chair of our Higher Education Committee, and chair of the Black Members standing committee.
I became an academic because I believe that education has the power to transform the lives of our people, and the UK in all its diversity. I believe that a truly open and inclusive educational system can, and should be transformative – changing people, giving them hope, and also providing them with the confidence and tools to create a more democratic and egalitarian society.
Our union is truly in a period of transformation. I am proud to be part of this change. I feel strongly that ordinary members should have more influence over what UCU committees decide in our name and I want to work with you to develop a culture in our union in which everyone feels they have stake and a say in decision making and shaping policy.
Across the sector – from Further Education, Adult and Continuing Education, Prison Education to Higher Education, I want every member of UCU to feel that they matter and that their voices will be heard.
And I want to work with you to build a stronger, more inclusive and diverse union. Nothing would make me prouder than to be elected as your Vice President.
Please read my blog and my endorsements.
You can download my election statement here