Your Union needs you!

UNISON is only as strong as its members and if you support it, it can support you. The Branch can use any help you are able to give, as a Steward perhaps, distributing literature to members, writing items for the newsletter or just helping out behind the scenes for an hour or so each month. If you feel able to contribute, please let us know via email to

We have the following vacancies:

Stewards: We currently have vacancies for stewards in the following areas and would love to see more people getting involved:

  • Faculties on the Gipsy Lane (and other) campuses (two vacancies)
  • Library & IT Services on the Gipsy Lane (and other) campuses (two vacancies)
  • EFM on the Gipsy Lane (and other) campuses (three vacancies)
  • Other Directorates (& SU & SMT) on the Gipsy Lane and other campuses (three vacancies)

Accompanying members to meetings with management can be very empowering and gives you the satisfaction of helping with issues ‘at the coalface’. You will also receive training on how to handle casework and can develop many useful transferable skills.

You will also get ongoing support from our regional staff as well as buddying you up with more experienced stewards in the branch. If you would like an informal chat about what’s involved in this or any other union role, with no commitment, please email us at


HERA and Job Evaluation Vacancies

We are looking for more people to join our team of reps who deal with job evaluation and the Higher Education Role Analysis (HERA) evaluation scheme that sets the grades of our posts. This role would suit people who would enjoy meeting members and finding out from them what their jobs involve. It also involves learning about the HERA scheme and using the HERA rules and role descriptions to come up with job evaluation scores for job descriptions and members' jobs.

What time is required?

The time required for this role would involve a commitment at the beginning to learn about the scheme: probably a couple of half day training sessions, plus opportunities to attend grading panels and meetings as an observer.

There would be a regular commitment to review HR evaluations of job descriptions. This might take up to 1 hour per fortnight (once you're familiar with the scheme) and could be done at your desk.
There would be less regular, occasional, opportunities to represent members who want to query their grade and their job evaluation. This would involve meeting members to discuss how their job relates to the HERA scheme and, if necessary, supporting them through the appeal process. I would provide support as required for this for new reps.

Do I need to be a trained Steward?

You don't have to be a trained UNISON steward to become a HERA rep - but we would expect you to go on the steward's training course at some point (and this would help you with this role).

If you would like further information or would like to talk about what this might involve, without committing yourself to anything, do get in touch with me.

You’re also welcome to contact me if you have questions about the grading of your job.

Andy King
Wheatley Campus
Tel: (01865) 482977

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