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|
|Branch Chair||Carol Meghji|
|Branch Secretary||Christian Scott|
|Black Member’s Officer||Leyhana McCarthy|
|Communication Officer||David Ashby-Styles|
|Disabled Member’s Officer||Jo Reed|
|Education Co-ordinator||Liza McCarron|
|Environmental Officer||Steve Regester|
|Equality Co-ordinator||Alice Smith|
|Health and Safety Officer||Rebecca O’Regan|
|International Relations Officer||Dave Pomroy|
|Labour Link Officer||Will Gibbs|
|LGBT+ Members Officer||Dan Heland and Tamsila Tauqir|
|Membership Officer||Daisy Moss|
|Minutes Secretary||Rhiannon Davies|
|Retired Members Secretary||Helen Hopwood|
|Welfare Officer||Matthew MacLeod|
|Women’s Officer||Nasim Dumont-Namin|
|Young Member’s Officer||Thomas Layton|
|Union Learning Rep||Carol Meghji|
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:
Facilitates Branch and committee meetings (some are also senior negotiators).
Assistant Branch Chair:
Assists the Branch Chair in branch and committee meetings.
The main contact person with the wider union who handles Branch administration.
Responsible for managing Branch finances, including keeping accounts.
Co-ordinates Branch newsletters, websites and other media and leads the Campaign and Communications group
Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and Branch officers.
Works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian, gay and trans issues. Co-ordinates the work of the Self Organised Group officers.
Health & Safety Officer:
Campaigns around Health & Safety issues for the Branch
Keeps track of the branch’s membership and works to develop recruitment and organising.
Young Members Officer:
Advises and helps recruit young members while ensuring their voices have an influence across the Branch.
|Constituency||Stewards||Health & Safety Representatives|
|Constituency 01a (Strategic Communications and Marketing)||Rebecca O’Regan|
|Constituency 01b (Future Students)||Dave Pomroy|
|Constituency 02a (Student and Academic Services – Information and Advice)||Matt Dunn
|Constituency 02b (Student and Academic Services – Student Administration)||Will Gibbs||Jane Parsons|
|Constituency 02c (Student and Academic Services – Disability, Money, Wellbeing)||Maxine Maybery|
|Constituency 02d (Student and Academic Services – CETTS, Quality, Curriculum, PPO)||Andy Elson||Dave Ashby-Styles|
|Constituency 03a (Facilities- Estates)||Conrad Fullbrook|
|Constituency 03b (Facilities)|
|Constituency 04 (Finance and Commercial Services)|
|Constituency 05a (IT Services – Botetorte House, Emmersons Green)||Gill Crowley||Warren Greenslade|
|Constituency 05b (IT Services – Frenchay, Glenside, Bower Ashton)|
|Constituency 06a (Library, Careers and Inclusivity – Library)||Rae Martin|
|Constituency 06b (Library, Careers and Inclusivity – Careers and Inclusivity)||Tom Finn|
|Constituency 07 (Research and Business Innovation)|
|Constituency 08 (HR, SPO, VCO)||Alice Smith||Steve Hull|
|Constituency 09a (Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries & Education – ACE)||Barney Curtis
|Constituency 09b (Faculty of Environment & Technology – FET)||Steve Regester||Will Hadrill|
|Constituency 09c (Faculty of Health & Life Sciences – HLS)||Rob Prince||Marcus Pugh|
|Constituency 10 (Students Union)|