UNISON Scotland backs higher education reform bill


UNISON welcomes Scottish Government proposals to give unions a seat on university courts because it will improve participation in decision making and ultimately improve the lives of students in Scotland.

The proposals are included in the Higher Education Governance Bill. The Scottish Parliament is holding the third reading of the bill today (Tuesday 8 March). UNISON represent professional and support staff in universities across Scotland.

Emma Phillips UNISON’s head of higher education says that, “The bill will ensure that Scottish higher education institutions are more inclusive, and will enable our members voices to be heard on campus. UNISON members are key frontline staff and integral to providing the excellent student experience that Scottish institutions all aim to deliver. The fact that they will now play a part in  running our universities will improve services for students”  

University chancellors have expressed fears that the bill would harm the autonomy of education institutions.

However, Emma says: ““The key aim of the bill is to strengthen governance in the sector and enable universities to embrace greater transparency and openness by having trade union representation on university courts.The reform means professional and support staff will be in a stronger position to improve student services. We believe that the Higher Education Governance Bill will empower staff and students and encouraging a partnership between staff, students and management of higher education institutions.”


UNISON contacts

Emma Phillips, UNISON head of higher eductation, 07538 101221 

Greig Kelbie, local organiser, 07415709746

Danny Phillips, communications officer, 07944 664110