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

UNISON Scotland Week 320 – Net zero debate, Dundee Uni pensions strike & more

UNISON Scotland Week 320 - Net zero debate, Dundee Uni pensions strike & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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

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Latest documents

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 ...

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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 ...

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