Nina Doran

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UCU NEC elections: 
Vote Nina Doran for UK-Elected FE

Fairness for FE

I am a Teacher Educator and English Lecturer

Branch activism

I am the Secretary of the Liaison Committee over 5 branches, plus the Branch H & S rep. I have been a UCU activist for 15 years. Previously, I was Branch Chair; Liaison Chair; ULR; and Branch Secretary.

Local Activism

  • Recently, as H & S rep I stewarded the Liverpool march for the COP26 demonstrations.
  • For 20 years I have volunteered for a Domestic Abuse Organisation.  I am currently Chair of the Trustees.
  • In 2020 I succeeded in persuading the college to adapt our Domestic Abuse Policy and then a Menopause Policy.

National and Regional Activism

I have served two terms on the NEC; first as the North West FE rep then as UK elected for 1 year. In the North West Regional Committee for six years I had been elected Assistant Secretary then Secretary. I was active in doubling the reps for disability and H&S.  My main aim as delegate and elected officer was to ensure the Regional Committee networked more actively between FE and HE and between FE colleges in the region.

As H & S rep I succeeded on ensuring the employer complied with the maximum numbers allowed in classrooms that had previously created risks, and workload issues for our members.

I am proactive in leading members to fight for what is fair on the big issues that we face. I believe as reps in FE we need to be energetic and able to verbalise clearly the options we have as teachers and union members via campaigning on issues and organising events; this way we build hope, optimism, comaraderie and recruit new members.

I have been actively involved in pay disputes over the last ten years.  I have been the chief negotiator for the last three years on two major disputes at work on contracts and pay. I succeeded in removing the worst aspects of an Observation of Teaching and Learning policy. We are currently in the middle of strike action which has been the longest action the college has seen since incorporation. I am organising and engaging with reps and members daily as well as councillors and MPs to build our profile.  I set up fundraising events to support the strike action. We are still building a momentum internally and externally with other branches and the Labour movement.

I hope if elected to NEC to bring the dynamism and vibrancy of well-organised local disputes to the UK-wide level of FE work. I believe that members need hope and optimism and strategies that can win in leadership.  This is why I align with UCU Left in bringing that on.