Scottish Union Learning Conference 2022
The 2022 Scottish Union Learning Conference was held on Thursday, 10th November in the Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow. The theme of the Conference was ‘Resilience and Recovery: the role of union learning', and delegates had opportunities to explore the ways in which union learning can aid Scotland’s social, economic, and political recovery.
The Conference was addressed by Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary, and chaired by Chaired by Susan Quinn, Vice-chair of the SUL Board. Keynote speakers were Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Fair Work, Just Transition, and Employment; Kirstine Hale, Skills Development Scotland (SDS); Julie Cavanagh, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF); Professor Gerry Mooney, The Open University in Scotland; and Ken McCluskey, The Bluebells / The McCluskey Brothers.
Delegates attended workshops on the following topics:
Diversifying the Reps Base, led by Rebecca Sixsmith-Hughes of TUC Education.
Writing and Owning Our Own Histories, led by members of The Open University in Scotland, and various Trade Unions.
Practical Cyber Resilience: Protecting your Computer from Viruses and Malware, led by Craig Steele and Daniel Devine of Digital Skills Education Ltd.
In addition, a Panel Session on the ‘STUC Union Rep Awards’ took place, during which delegates heard moving accounts from award winners James Carberry from Unite, and Mel Gorrie from the CWU.