Monday, 22 May 2017

New HR disability network

The Human Resources directorate are organising a new Disability Network at Oxford Brookes.

The initial approach is to invite colleagues, interested allies and supporters to a lunchtime meet up (with lunch!) where networking needs, ideas and models can be shared.

The first lunchtime meet up will be on Tuesday 13 June from 12 to 1.30 pm, in ​Room JHB 205, Headington Campus​.

​A number of colleagues have suggested that a focus for communication and support for disabled staff would be beneficial. This would be inclusive of staff with mobility issues and physical disabilities, dyslexia and specific learning difficulties, long term conditions and mental health issues. A network
​could​ also connect allies and supporters and those who may be caring for friends or family who have become disabled.

The aim would be to create an inclusive and flexible network. This could enable experience to be shared, ​raise awareness and ​​give positive profile​ ​to ​disabled members of Brookes community, support good practice and encourage career development. The network can also provide a route for listening to the voices and experiences of Brookes community to influence policy and practice development.

One focus could also be to develop an event for Disability History Month in December to increase awareness of Disability Equality at Oxford Brookes.

Please let Jane Butcher know if this is of interest, if you can attend, and any access or dietary requirements: ​

Thursday, 18 May 2017

UNISON There for You: School Uniform Grants Programme 2017

If you have children in full time education, you may be eligible to receive a school uniform grant from UNISON’s charity There for You.  To be considered, you must either be:
  • In receipt of Housing Benefit; or
  • Your net annual income is £18,000 or below [Note: We ignore the following income Child benefit, any childcare element included as part of your working tax credits, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment].
Also, you will need to have paid a minimum 4 weeks membership subscriptions before 22nd May 2017
To take advantage of this grant please complete the forms below and return to us with all the supporting documentation requested. We’ve also included a Q&A setting out the full conditions and eligibility criteria which should answer any questions that you have.
Please note the closing date is 21st July.

For more information contact us on 020 7121 5620 or email or contact your branch welfare officer.

15th May 2017 till 27th May 2017

UNISON Recruitment Week
This week and the coming week are national UNISON Recruitment Weeks, and we've got some fun and informative events planned here. Please come along and bring any colleagues who are not yet members, to chat with branch stewards and officers, ask questions and find out about issues including declining pay in universities and what we're doing about it.
Please put up the attached poster around your workplace if you can, or leave in work kitchens/ on desks etc., to help us draw lots of non-members to these events.

Many thanks
UNISON Branch Committee - Oxford Brookes University