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

Students’ return home – UNISON urges Scottish government to protect frontline staff

UNISON Scotland has today (Wednesday) urged the Scottish government not to forget workers in any plans to enable students to ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Queen Margaret staff to stay directly employed

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

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Latest documents

Pay Up Now for Higher Education Staff

HE Pay leaflet
For many years university pay has not kept up. Not kept up with the cost of your bills, the cost ...

Queen Margaret University strike ballot opens today

UNISON Higher Education
There is a live threat of compulsory redundancies at Queen Margaret University. Until that threat is lifted, UNISON members must ...

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 ...

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