Fred Jarvis

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Frederick Frank Jarvis CBE (born 8 September 1924) is a retired British trade union leader. He was President of the National Union of Students (NUS) from 1952 to 1954[1] and General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) from 1975 to 1989.[2] Jarvis served as President of the Trades Union Congress in 1987,[3] the first Oxford graduate to hold that position.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

As a child Jarvis attended Plaistow Secondary School[5][6] in what was then the County Borough of West Ham in Essex. At the start of World War II, the family moved to Wallasey; he attended Wallasey Grammar School and joined the Progressive Youth Movement. Later in the war, he joined the Army, taking part in the Normandy landings.[7]

In 1947, he went to University of Liverpool for a Diploma in Social Sciences, and obtained a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Catherine's College, Oxford.[1] He married Anne Colegrove, herself a vice-president of the NUS, in 1954.[4]

Political activity[edit]

In 1951 Jarvis fought the safely-Conservative seat of Wallasey on behalf of the Labour Party, but was defeated by the incumbent, Ernest Marples, by 15,705 votes.

Personal interests[edit]

Jarvis remains a lifelong supporter of West Ham United Football Club.[4]

A keen photographer, Jarvis had an exhibition of his work at the TUC Centre in 2010 in aid of the North London Hospice.[8]

In 2014 he published his autobiography You Never Know Your Luck.

Jarvis was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours.[9][10]

Fred and Anne Jarvis Award[edit]

Named after Jarvis and his late wife, the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award was established in 2007 and is presented annually by the NUT.[11] Originally for individuals outside the NUT who have campaigned tirelessly for children and young people, in 2017 the award was given to an NUT member.

For a list of winners of the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award see List of Fred and Anne Jarvis Award winners.


  1. ^ a b "Find out who the 55th NUS President will be live". National Union of Students. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "NUT History - NUT General Secretaries". NUT. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Section 4, Details of past Congresses" (PDF). Trades Union Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Obituary: Anne Jarvis". Guardian News and Media Limited. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Spirit is still flourishing". TSL Education Ltd. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "NewVic students meet former teachers' leader and Plaistow pupil". Newham Sixth Form College. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Wilby, Pete (1 July 2014). "Fred Jarvis: veteran NUT leader says union is too ready to resort to strikes". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Former general secretary of the NUT Fred Jarvis holds exhibition at TUC". Newsquest (London) Ltd. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N9. 
  10. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List Archived 2 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Memorial for Anne Jarvis at the Institute of Education" (PDF). Education Publishing Worldwide Limited. 21 September 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 


Trade union offices
Preceded by
John M. Thompson
President of the National Union of Students
Succeeded by
Frank H. Copplestone
Preceded by
Ernest Naisbitt
Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers
Succeeded by
Doug McAvoy
Preceded by
Sir Edward Britton
General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers
Succeeded by
Doug McAvoy
Preceded by
Ken Gill
President of the Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
Clive Jenkins
Preceded by
Bill Sirs
Trades Union Congress representative to the AFL-CIO
Succeeded by
Alec Smith