Nita Sanghera passed away on 16 January 2020. This is such sad news for her family, her loved ones, and for the union. Nita worked tirelessly to create opportunities for working class students in her role as an Access to HE lecturer at Bournville College. After serving on the West Midlands regional committee, the Black Members’ Standing Committee and the NEC, she was elected vice-president for the further education sector in 2018. At the end of May this year, she would have become the first black woman president of UCU. It is a tragedy that we have lost her.
Our Chair Peter Monaghan wrote this;
On behalf of UCU members at Cambridge Regional College and the Eastern & Home Counties Regional Committee. It was with great sadness we learned of the early passing of Nita. I personally first met Nita at Congress in Liverpool where we chatted over a drink prior to the congress dinner. I was struck not only how astute she was politically but also with the ease that anyone in her company felt. Over the years since whenever our paths crossed at whatever meeting she might be busy chairing etc. she always had the time and courtesy to stop and catch up which speaks volumes about the person she was. She will sorely missed and our condolences go out to her family and friends.
We are pleased announce UCU Eastern & Home Counties Regional Committee Sponsorship of the Townsend Theatre Production of socialist classic novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressel. This exciting adaption for the theatre as a one-man show will take place at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge on Saturday November 3rd at 7.30pm. https://www.anglia.ac.uk/arts-law-and-social-sciences/mumford-theatre/whats-on More info and a flyer are also attached
For UCU members and their supporters we have a limited number of free tickets but we would ask that you make suggested donation of £5 (usual price £12.50) to the UCU Fighting Fund via this link https://www.ucu.org.uk/fightingfund ** If you can afford more please do but if you can’t then please don’t worry and come anyway! **
These tickets will be on a first come-first served basis so we recommend you get tickets early to take advantage of this offer. Once they are gone, they are gone and we will be releasing them to other unions and supporters next week. To get tickets go to this EventBrite link to register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ragged-trousered-philanthropists-ucu-fighting-fund-tickets-mumford-theatre-31118-tickets-50804528713
Any profits UCU EHCR makes in the sponsorship of this event will go to the UCU Fighting Fund – UCU uses its fighting fund to support members involved in disputes, including the provision of strike pay where appropriate.
We look forward to seeing you there.
UCU Eastern & Home Counties Regional Chair