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.

Latest news

Strikes in Scottish universities begin today, says UNISON 

More than 1,000 support staff in universities across Scotland are to strike from today (Monday) in a dispute over pay, ... Read More

Glasgow Caledonian University Support Staff Strike For Pay Justice, says UNISON

UNISON members at Glasgow Caledonian University will strike today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), to protest another imposed, below-inflation national pay ... Read More

Breakthrough pay deal agreed by University of Glasgow UNISON

UNISON members at the University of Glasgow have voted to accept a breakthrough pay deal that will see overall pay ... Read More

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UNISON members at Dundee University set for strike action to defend pensions

UNISON members at Dundee University set for strike action to defend pensions
UNISON members at Dundee University who are part of, or are eligible to be part of, the university’s superannuation scheme ...

Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery June 2020

thumbnail of Post Covid Economic Recovery e-brief June 2020
This briefing looks at the recommendations of the independent Advisory Group on Post-Covid 19 Economic Recovery. The Group presented its ...

CORONAVIRUS HIGHER EDUCATION: Guidance for Branch Negotiators

CORONAVIRUS HIGHER EDUCATION: Guidance for Branch Negotiators
Scottish HE Branch Negotiators' Guidance / Summary of HE Committee Meeting - 31/03/20 No detriment is the norm for the ...

Queen Margaret staff to stay directly employed

UNISON Higher Education
UNISON has welcomed news that members at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University have succeeded in preventing their jobs being outsourced, after ...

Queen Margaret University staff vote for strike action

Press Release
UNISON members have voted for strike action – by 100% in a 75% turn-out – in a bid to keep ...


Press Release
Strike ballots are going out to UNISON’s members across Scottish universities after employers imposed a mediocre pay offer across the ...

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