Dr Elizabeth Lawrence is President of University and College Union (UCU). She has served as an National Executive Committee (NEC) member and national negotiator for UCU and one of its predecessor unions, NATFHE (National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education). She was Regional Secretary for Yorkshire and Humberside Region from 1993 to 2013. As UCU President she is particularly concerned to support members in tackling problems of work intensification and casualisation of employment. She is employed as a Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University. Her teaching and research activities are in the Sociology of Work and Employment and Equality/Diversity.