Self Care Workshop: Keeping well at University 
Workshop facilitated by Bee Tajudeen from Black Blossoms

Managing your wellbeing; how to deal with the challenges and stresses of life. 
This workshop will provide an opportunity to think about your work/life balance, discover resources around the University and gather helpful tips of self-care strategies. 
We will explore: - What self-care means - Why it is necessary to prioritise self-care in our lives!

Lunch will be provided. 

Organiser: Oxford Brookes UNISON and Brookes Union 

Contact: Beverly Sesay –

WHO: Open to all 
WHEN: Friday 20 October 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

WHERE: Union Gallery, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

Oxfordshire UNISON Black Members Group* 
Celebrating Black History (Panel discussion and Exhibition) 

Refreshments will be provided and there will be stalls full of goodies for all to enjoy! 

*This is a group for all Black members of UNISON in the Oxfordshire area 

Contact Beverly Sesay for more information:

WHO: Open to all 
WHEN: Friday 20 October 2017, 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
WHERE: Union Hall, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

Check out the full Black History Month Programme:

UNISON Coach Trip to Bournemouth on 26th August 2017

Unison’s trip to the coast this summer for Unison members, staff, family and friends, will be on Saturday 26th August travelling to Bournemouth. The Price is £15 per person for a seat with a 50% reduction for members and their families. Therefore UNISON members will only pay £7.50 per person.

There are still a limited number of seats remaining for those who would like to attend.
So if you are interested please complete the Google Form listed below by 14th August 2017, or see your union rep.
Google Form:

Upcoming event - Coach Trip to the Coast

Unison is planning a trip to the coast this summer for all staff, Unison members, family and friends. It will be on a weekend to either Blackpool or Bournemouth.

We need to ascertain where we should go and numbers who intend to travel. So if you are interested please submit your preference in the Google form listed below by Monday 23rd July 2017, or see your union rep.

UNISON Recruitment Week
15th May 2017 - 27th May 2017

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

28 February: Afternoon Tea & Cakes 🍵 🍥

You are invited..........

All members are invited to come along to our afternoon Afternoon Tea!

Details: 28th February 2017, 3.00pm till 4.00pm in JHB 128, Executive Suite, Headington Campus
Come along and meet fellow members, even if you can only spare ten or fifteen minutes.

Non-members are also welcome to come and find out about Brookes UNISON branch and the benefits of joining, so bring along your non-member colleagues.

If possible, please email Darren Twort if you intend coming. This helps us get the right amount of catering.

by Sebastian Blake, Equalities Officer

We are ​very ​pleased to ​share our​ programme of events and activities for LGBT History Month 2017.

Our main lecture​ will be a panel discussion on 22 February 2017 on  LGBT+ identity, rights, pride and community, chaired by Professor Nick Rumens​, Oxford Brookes Business School, ​with leading ​national​ activists, campaigners and practitioners.

The panel is made up of:
  • Professor Nick Rumens, Visiting Professor in the Oxford Brookes ​Business School​
  • Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director of UK Black Pride
  • Dr Jay Stewart, Director of Gendered Intelligence
  • Tom Guy, President of National Student Pride
Other Highlights are:

3/2/17      Quiz Night at the Sports Centre​, Headington.​
​16/2/17    Documentary Club Film​: Born this ​Way
20/2/17    Lunchtime Showcase to share the work of Brookes staff focused on LGBT+ equality​. ​

Lunch sponsored by UNISON and UCU.
​ ​
Please contact Jane Butcher for more information.

27/2/17    Home: Open mic poetry night​ in the Atrium, Abercrombie, Headington

​23/1/17 to 17/2/17 Exhibition in the Glass Tank at Headington Campus:  Claude Cahun:Beneath This Mask
​Throughout February there are also a wide range of events organised by Brookes Union.​

​Stalls to connect and​ share information will be held on each Brookes campus.
The programme also includes details of events organised by the University​ of Oxford
​local community​ ​events.

The​ ​full ​programme is l​ive ​on the Oxford Brookes Equality Diversity and Inclusion webpages​There is a PDF to download and an Issuu version to view online

 UNISON week

In Celebration of  "I  UNISON week" (8th - 14th February 2017), we would like to invite you to come along to our photo event on Friday, 10th February 2017, come anytime between 9am to 11am, in the JHB 128 (Executive Meeting Room), Gipsy Lane site.
It would be great if you could come along and say a couple of sentences about why you joined Unison or how Unison has supported you. It should only take about 10 mins out of day and would be invaluable to us to know how Unison has helped you.

As an added bonus the best quotes and pictures will be put on to the Brookes Unison social media channels, with your permission.

You can read more about the "I  UNISON" week at

We hope to see you there.

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