GFTU Education Officers had a fascinating day visiting Somerville College Oxford University. The invitation had been extended by Somerville Principal Dr. Alice Prochaska, author of the first book on the history of the GFTU.
Alice and Admissions Tutor Steve Raynor led extensive discussions about widening access to Oxford University and support from academics and the college for union training, research and policy development. A tour of the college revealed a history of progressive support for women academics and women’s issues and a modern college committed to a positive social purpose. Education officers present also discussed ways of promoting and building on the extensive GFTU Education Programme and added some more training to it in relation to Union Learning Representatives and customised training for some unions.