Who We Are

UWE UNISON is the University of the West of England’s local branch of the national UNISON with its own executive committee elected directly by its members to work towards improving their pay and working conditions.

Staff usually join a union because they want protection at work such as help with pay and conditions of service, legal or health and safety advice or representation in case things go wrong at work. That’s what we’re here for. UNISON negotiates on pay and working conditions at every level – local, regional and national. But we also do a lot more. Being a UNISON member gives you a range of benefits and unbeatable deals.

What UNISON does

UWE UNISON has signed a recognition agreement with the university management  which enables it  to negotiate and act on behalf of its members about issues that affect your work. These include health and safety, pension, pay equality, child care, car parking, transport and any many other issues.

Our elected and fully trained union stewards are there to represent you at work and help find the answers to your problems. UNISON stewards are all volunteers and play a vital role in conducting the affairs of the branch. Because all branch stewards and officers are elected members of staff at UWE Bristol, they have daily contact with the management and have a good insight into the structure and workings of the organisation.  If members have an employment issue, they raise it with their stewards first who take the appropriate action to resolve it.

What we believe in

We believe that no one can represent your interests better than yourself. Therefore empowering you to stand up and be counted is at the heart of our philosophy. We realise that to achieve this, members need the support of a solid and democratic organisation which shares similar interests as its individual members and can provide the best advice and support.

The branch itself fully supported by the regional and national UNISON which is a powerful voice for working people. In the workplace, through its campaigning work, and in its input into to decision-making at national level, UNISON expresses the democratically agreed views of its members.

These views are agreed at UNISON’s annual delegate conference, which brings together more than 2,000 representatives for four days every summer.

OFFICER ROLE  OFFICER NAME
Chair Mike Hines
Vice-Chair Carol Meghji
Secretary Christian Scott
Treasurer Robert Prince
Black Members Officer Alexander Mormoris
Communication Officer David Ashby-Styles
Disabled Members Officer
Education Co-ordinator Holly Hocks
Environmental Officer Dan Heland
Equality Co-ordinator Zac Kanna
Health and Safety Officer Tamsila Tauqir
International Relations Officer Dave Pomroy
Labour Link Officer Will Gibbs
LGBT Members Officer
Membership Officer Ian Kingsbury
Minutes Secretary Rhiannon Davies
Retired Members’ Secretary Helen Hopwood
Welfare Officer Jayne Empringham
Women’s Officer Sarah Connell
Young Members’ Officer
Union Learning Reps Mike Hines
Auditors(2) Houghton Stone

UNISON has 1,200 branches in the UK. A branch is made up of all its members. Some members are elected by their workforce to play different roles, including:

Branch Chair: 

Facilitates Branch and committee meetings (some are also senior negotiators).

Assistant Branch Chair: 

Assists the Branch Chair in branch and committee meetings.

Branch Secretary: 

The main contact person with the wider union who handles Branch administration.

Assistant Branch Secretary: 

Assists the Branch Secretary in Branch administration.

Branch Treasurer:

Responsible for managing Branch finances, including keeping accounts.

Young Members Officer: 

Advises and helps recruit young members while ensuring their voices have an influence across the union.

Equalities Officers: 

Works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian and gay issues (there may be up to four per Branch).

Health & Safety Officer: 

Campaigns around Health & Safety issues for the Branch

Education Co-ordinators:

Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and Branch officers.

Membership Officer: 

Keeps track of the branch’s membership and works to develop recruitment and organising.

Branch Communications Officers:

Co-ordinates Branch newsletters, websites and other media.

Constituency Stewards Health and Safety Representatives
Constituency 01 (Strategic Communications and Engagement)  Rebecca O’Regan
Constituency 02a (Academic Services – Student Administration) Will Gibbs David Ashby-Styles
Constituency 02b (Academic Services – CETTS, Quality, Curriculum ) Andy Elson
Constituency 03a (Facilities- Estates, Space planning) Vaughan Castell Vaughan Castell
Constituency 03b (Facilities- Accommodation Catering, Cleaning, Mail, Security & Transport, Centre for Sports, Conference)
Constituency 04 (Finance & Planning and Commercial Services)
Constituency 05a (IT Services & Business Intelligence – Botetorte House, Emmersons Green)  Gill Crowley  Ollie Moss
Constituency 05b (IT Services – Frenchay, Glenside, Bower Ashton)
Constituency 06a (Library – Frenchay)
Constituency 06b (Library – Glenside, Bower Ashton)
Constituency 07 (RBI)
Constituency 08a (Student & Partnership Services – Advice & Information) Daisy Moss
Constituency 08b (Student & Partnership Services –  Employability& Enrichment, Wellbeing & Disability) Jayne Empringham
Constituency 08c (Student & Partnership Services – Future Students – Admissions, International, Applicant Experience)  Ruth Strugnell
Constituency 09a (Faculty Technicians – ACE) Barney Curtis
Constituency 09b (Faculty Technicians – FET) Steve Regester Tamsila Tauqir
Constituency 09c (Faculty Technicians – HLS) Robert Prince Marcus Pugh
Constituency 10 (VCO, Faculty Exec)
Constituency 11 (Students Union)

Upcoming Events

  1. Christmas Closure

    22nd December 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3rd January 2018 @ 12:00 am
  2. Branch Executive

    10th January 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. HE National conference – chester

    11th January 2018