Welcome to Birmingham University UNISON

UNISON represents professional staff at the University of Birmingham, including both support staff and academic related staff, either directly employed by the University or by private contractors. We negotiate for better pay and conditions collectively - for all our support staff, UNISON members or not - we help individuals in trouble and campaign for a fairer, better society - we put jobs and education before profit.

Living Wage

Your UNISON committee are preparing a campaign for the Living Wage. We think it is morally wrong that a University with the size and reputation of Birmingham won't pay a living wage to staff. If you would like to get involved in organising or helping on this campaign please get in touch.

School uniform grant

Need some help? If your net income is under £18,000 per year, you might be eligibel for a grant towards buying school uniforms. Please complete the application form. The closing date is 11th July 2014.


Following concerns raised about the University's apparent failure to follow its redeployment policy in a number of areas we are currently preparing a Freedom of Information request on this issue.

2014 training courses now available to book

Information on how to book onto a course is in the Development & Learning Page. Many of the courses run in the evenings, helping you to fit them around your working day.

University of Birmingham student on Newsnight

Following the student demonstration in London on 21st November 2012, University of Birmingham student Alice Swift appeared on Newsnight and talked about threatened departmental and course closures here.

You can see the clip on Youtube and the entire episode is available to view on the BBC iPlayer.

Mirror newspaper reports on low pay in UK universities

"A miserly 11 pay only the minimum wage of £6.08 an hour, a study of 103 institutions reveals today.

"And 56% pay less than the Living Wage – the minimum needed for essentials and a decent lifestyle – which is £7.20 outside London and £8.30 an hour in the capital."

Read the full report at Mirror Online.


Read about Birmingham University’s union and view the Campaigns section and our News pages to gain insight into UNISON and find out what we’re up to.



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West Midlands UNISON video

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