Bernard Regan with Haringey Justice for Palestinians
Bernard Regan completed his PhD at St Mary’s University and Surrey University in 2016 having studied with Professor Nur Masalha and Dr Claire Norton. His research focussed on Palestine and the British Mandate between 1917 and 1936. He is the author of “The Balfour Declaration: Empire, Mandate and Resistance in Palestine”. (Publication November 2017. Publisher Verso).
He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at St Mary’s University
He returned to academic study after a career teaching in Primary, Secondary and Special Education. He has also taught in Further, Adult and Higher Education and run education courses for trade unionists on international questions especially related to Palestine and Cuba.
Whilst teaching Bernard Regan was a member of the National Union of Teachers Executive Committee for 25 years and during that time took an especial interest in Government Education policies and in the Union’s international work. His international work in the Union centred on Palestine and Cuba and the development of Education within these countries.
He has written on the impact of Neoliberalism on Education policies in the national press and numerous journals.
He has led trade union delegations to Palestine and Israel, visiting schools, meeting students, teachers and Educational administrators. He co-authored the 2006 policy of the Trade Union Congress on Palestine. In 2008, along with Michael Kustow (former Commissioning Editor Channel 4 and director of ICA), he developed a series of initiatives entitled Another Israel aimed at giving space to the voices of dissident Israeli intellectuals and activists.
He is one of the Co-organisers and a contributor to the annual Latin America Conference which has now been held in London for the last 12 years. The conference is recognized as the largest of its type in Europe and brings together contributors from Latin America, intellectuals, academics, activist/campaigners, students and trades unionists. Amongst its contributors over the last 12 years have been Noam Chomsky, Harold Pinter, Ernesto Laclau, Aleida Guevara, Tariq Ali and ambassadors from Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela.
He was the first recipient of the NUT’s Steve Sinnott Award for international work in 2015.
In 2016 he was the first foreigner to receive the Frank País medal of the SNTECD (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación, la Ciencia y el Deporte – Cuban Education Union).