Jon Bryan is a Regional Support Official for the University and College Union (UCU) and Treasurer of The Great Debate - a group based in the North East of England that organises discussions and debates.
Jon’s background is in Further Education, where he taught Sociology for 18 years. For 10 years, Jon represented NATFHE (a predecessor union of UCU) at a national level on a number of its executive committees, as well as chairing their FE national negotiators. He has previously written about the role of Further Education, the changing managerialism in Colleges, and how staff have responded to those changes.
Jon spends much of his time today representing union members in Colleges and Universities in the North East of England on both individual matters and through various collective bargaining arrangements.
As well as having a key role in The Great Debate, Jon judges in the Debating Matters school competition and is a governor at his children’s school.
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"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick