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UCU challenger criticises ‘disconnected leadership’

But incumbent vows to fight for a ‘well-funded, well-supported’ sector ahead of vote

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The University and College Union must address the “massive disconnect” between its leadership and members if it is to ensure post-16 education continues to have a future, according to a challenger for the leadership.

The ballot to decide the UCU’s next general secretary opens on Wednesday. Sally Hunt, who has held the role since 2007, will go up against Jo McNeill, president of the University of Liverpool branch and a member of the union’s national executive committee.

The ballot is set against a backdrop of falling membership. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of UCU members in the FE sector ...

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