For the first time last night I saw a tweet from the University CU celebrating having a woman speaker.
"Tonight: FREE PUD + SUPERMODEL @TracyTrinita talks on Pursuing Wealth + Fame, 7 30pm Claverton Rooms @UniofBath @UCCF @TheOCCA #Food4Thought" the original tweet is here.
It is a start, although sad if having been a supermodel is a requirement to be invited to speak if you are a women. I wonder how many male models they invite to speak at the University of Bath CU.
So here I start with reviewing the CU's around the UK (South West Region only in this post). I'll continue to update this as people tell me more.
South West Region
It seems sensible to start with the South West region as it contains both Bristol and Bath CU's (the former as the CU that raised the issue for me and the latter as the first with a tweet mentioning a woman speaker that I saw).
Here is what I have found so far about the CU's listed on the UCCF Website in this region.
- Bath CU. UCCF page, Own Website, Twitter
At the time I checked their website is entirely focused on their events week which was happening at the time I checked. Their 2013 events week included two women speakers Tanya Walker and Tracy Trinita.
- Bath Spa CU UCCF page, their blog
They have a blog and I have looked back over several pages of archive but I can't spot any women speakers. There are some male speakers listed but not all events have the name of the speaker included. [Update] Dave Bish has tweeted about Anna Harcourt speaking at an event.
- Bristol CU UCCF page, their website
The CU where the issue came to my attention last year when their policies were widely publicised. At the time I checked they have details of their mission week and some events this term but there are still no women speakers at any events on the website
- Cornwall College, Falmouth Marine School Christian Union UCCF page, their website down, Twitter
No information available online that I can find. However, comments below indicate that they have had Becky Pippert as a speaker. According to the UCCF there are three CU's in Falmouth but they appear to share the same website. [Update] Thanks to comment from Andrew below I have found and added their twitter account which mentions women speakers.
- Duchy College, Wadebridge Christian Union UCCF page
I have not found information available online about what they do.
- University of Exeter CU UCCF page their website Twitter Facebook
Their website gives no details of speakers.
UCCF hosted an event in Exeter with Becky Pippert, see Dave Bish's blog post.
This tweet indicates they have had at least one woman speaker.
- Exeter College Christian Union (in Exeter, not Oxford) UCCF page
I have found no information available online
- University of Gloucestershire Christian Union UCCF page Website Facebook Twitter
I could not find details of speakers at their CU Meetings other than a couple of references to mens names. [Update] "Anon" in a comment points to this tweet from November 2012
- Penwith College Christian Union UCCF page
No information available online that I can find.
- Plymouth University Christian Union UCCF page, their website facebook twitter
I could not find details of speakers at their CU Meetings other than Glen Scrivener was the key speaker at their mission. [Update] Tanya in comment below reports women speakers recently.
- Truro College Christian Union UCCF page Facebook Twitter
Looks like they had a woman from Christian Aid to speak at an event in December.
- University College Plymouth St Mark and St John Christian Union (Marjon) UCCF page Facebook
I coiuld not find any speaker details. The comment below from Tanya indicates that Cat, a UCCF Staff Worker, has been a speaker here.
- University of the West of England Christian Union UCCF page their website Facebook Twitter
I couldn't find any speaker details online
I think that is now all the CU's in the South West Region covered. I am interested in corrections and more information, so if you can give me links to first hand information about any of these CU's and their attitudes and actions relating to women speakers I would appreciate it.
I have plenty of people saying there is no problem with CU's and women speakers. However, there are also plenty of people saying there is a problem. Therefore I really need evidence either way not just accusations or defences.
Note that I have informed the UCCF by email before writing this page and have given twitter mentions to most of the CU's as well as the UCCF and Dave Bish. I have had no response from any of them so far.