Higher Education

UNISON_HEStrikeOct2013UNISON is one of the largest unions in the higher education sector, with 11 higher education branches in Scotland and 50,000 members across the UK. We represent higher education members employed by universities directly, or who work for a contractor supplying services.

We negotiate nationally and locally to protect pay, terms and conditions and to prevent members from being outsourced to private companies. UNISON representatives help to ensure a safe working environment.

UNISON campaigns for decent pay in universities – including a living wage for the lowest paid – as well as an eradication of the gender pay gap and to stop the use of zero hour contracts and the casualisation of work.

Pay 2018: Have your say in the higher education pay ballot – click here for details 

Latest news

UNISON – Scottish government must act as public service workers face more than 40,000 violent incidents every year

Public services union UNISON has called for action from the Scottish Government to “end the aggro” faced by council and ... Read More

Higher education members to be balloted on strike action

UNISON’s higher education service group executive is organising a national industrial action ballot after over two thirds of those members who ... Read More

Congress condemns attacks on university pensions

#stuc2018 Congress condemned proposals by university principals and Universities UK to attack the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS) and withdraw the ... Read More

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Higher education members to be balloted on strike action

Have your say on HE pay
UNISON’s higher education service group executive is organising a national industrial action ballot after over two thirds of those members who ...

Review of Financial Support for Students

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Education is central to both Scotland’s economy and the wider wellbeing of its citizens. Everyone who could benefit from further ...

Code of Good Higher Education Governance

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Democratic structures create public bodies which are open and transparent in their dealings with the public. Universities are not businesses, ...

Evidence to the Scottish Parliament Audit Commttee

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UNISON members provide essential roles across higher and further education, these roles while often overlooked by policy makers are crucial ...

Higher Education Governance Guidance

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Unison has responded to the consultation on a Scottish Code of Higher Education Governance. Democratic structures create public bodies which ...

Invest in my University. Invest in me.

Heriot Watt Pay 7
University employers have offered a 1% pay rise for 2016/17. UNISON believes that our university staff are worth more. Here are ...

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