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

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 ...

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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 ...

UNISON signs recognition agreement with Queen Margaret University

UNISON signed a recognition agreement at  Queen Margaret University (QMU) in April 2016.  The purpose of the agreement is to establish arrangements ...

Fighting for Fair Work in Universities

Fighting for Fair Work in Universities
UNISON Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government's Fair Work Convention Paper. UNISON was involved in working hard to make sure the ...

Higher Education Policy Seminar and AGM 26th & 27th May 2016

The Higher Education Policy Seminar and AGM will take place on 26th and 27th May 2016 at the Golden Jubilee ...

Higher Education Governance Bill

Higher Education Governance Bill
UNISON welcomed the outcomes of Professor Von Prondzynski’s Review of Higher Education Governance and is supportive of the aims of ...

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