The UCU Left has increased its representation on the national executive committee of the UCU lecturers’ union.
The left gained seats in both the further and higher sectors. This reflects a continuing shift to the left and a developing confidence to fight.
However, UCU Left member Sean Vernell came second in the vice presidential election, with over 30 percent of the first preference votes.
The preferred candidate of the right and trade union machine won.
Some voters thought a more localised response to the crisis was more “realistic” than the left’s alternative.
But the key factor that assured the right’s candidate’s victory was that a second UCU Left member decided to stand and split the left vote.
Together with the backing of a handful of large higher education institutions, this ensured the victory of the right.
This year’s election campaign allowed the left to build a wider network of support and initiate a range of campaigns to defend education and jobs.
For detailed analysis of elections go to the UCU Left website » http://www.uculeft.devisland.net/