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UNISON (University of Bath Branch)

We represent our members at the University locally and nationally by campaigning and negotiating for better pay and conditions.


UNISON is one of Britain’s biggest unions, representing more than 1.4 million members across the UK’s public services.

We negotiate on behalf of our members for better pay and conditions, help individuals in trouble and campaign for a safer, fairer society.

We are one of the three recognised trade unions at the University and our branch officers and committee members are all members of staff.

Joining UNISON

All members of staff at the University can join UNISON, regardless of their ‘job family’ or grade. Many of our members are staff in:

  • Operational and Facilities Support roles in Campus Services, Security, Westwood Nursery and the Sports Training Village
  • Management, Specialist and Administration roles across the University
  • Students working for the University of Bath as an hourly paid worker

You can join UNISON by applying for membership on the UNISON website. If you do this, or you’re new to the University but are already a UNISON member, please email us your details to so we can ensure your membership is logged.

If you would prefer a paper application form, please contact the branch Membership Officer by emailing so we can send one out to you. The Membership Officer can also answer your questions about the benefits of membership, the fees and how to join.

UNISON members can access their accounts and update their details via the My UNISON website.

Supporting you

Our Branch Stewards can support you in dealing with:

  • work-related disciplinary or grievance
  • concerns relating to the dignity and respect policy
  • HR related matters
  • health or safety issues
  • stress

If you are a UNISON member with a work-related query or problem you can get confidential support by:

Additional UNISON member benefits

UNISON members have access to additional benefits such as:

  • legal assistance and advice
  • confidential advice and support from our 'There for You' charity
  • learning and development opportunities
  • offers on dental, health and life insurance plans
  • financial advice and savings plan offers
  • travel deals and discounts on stays at our Croyde Bay Resort in North Devon

Information on all the member benefits available and how to access the benefits can be found on the UNISON Member Benefits website.

Getting involved in UNISON

Our Branch is run by volunteers who are also members. We would love more members to join the committee. If you would like to help run a campaign or would like to focus on a particular issue then please get in touch.

If you volunteer as a UNISON Representative then our agreement with the University means you will receive paid time off work and free training so that you are able to help and support other members when they have problems in the workplace.

Why not watch the UNISON animated film showing how you could develop and progress as a trade union activist within UNISON.


If you have any questions or need support, please contact us.

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