I am delighted to have been elected as the next vice president (later president) of UCU. Thank you to everyone who voted in the elections, and to everyone who participated in any way to promote democracy during the election, whether by asking questions in person or online, organising a husting, or encouraging fellow members to vote. We have a lot to fight for together and I am excited to work with colleagues in Further and Higher Education to fight for a better post-compulsory education sector, and an open, democratic and accountable union.