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Unite (the Union)

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


As well as representing our members by campaigning for better pay and conditions, we provide individual support when issues arise in the workplace.

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 Unite

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

  • technical teams
  • the Estates department
  • IT teams

We would prefer if you joined Unite by applying for membership on the Unite website. If you do this, or you’re new to the University but already a Unite member, please email us your details to so we can add you to our own mailing list.

If you would prefer a paper application form, please contact the branch membership secretary by emailing , who can also answer your questions about the benefits of membership, the fees and how to join.

Supporting you

We hold regular branch meetings to keep you updated with recent negotiations and achievements, but as an individual we can support you in dealing with:

  • any work-related grievance
  • health or safety issues
  • stress
  • concerns under the dignity and respect policy

We will represent you in consultation and negotiation with the University management on:

  • health and safety
  • equality and diversity
  • environmental issues
  • transport matters
  • terms of service

Our departmental representatives will help you by:

  • acting as a vital link between you and management
  • providing advice and representing your interests should difficulties or disputes arise.

On top of all this support, your membership also gives you additional member benefits including:

  • legal assistance and advice
  • access to the 24-hour legal helpline
  • dispute or lock-out benefit
  • victimisation benefit
  • help with funeral costs

Getting involved in Unite

If you would like to take an active role in Unite at the University please contact any of the Branch Officers and Committee Members - we’re always happy to welcome anyone willing to be more involved!


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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