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.

UNISON and UNITE Joint Survey of the PDR Scheme

THE PDR (Personal Development Scheme) came in over 7 years ago and every 3 years a joint review of the scheme by the University and campus trade unions is carried out. We know the scheme is far from perfect and that many members would prefer that it didn’t exist at all. This year we are conducting the survey to get your views on the scheme, what works, what doesn’t, what’s good and what’s bad what should be kept and what should be changed.

Your views will directly shape what your union representatives put forward in the meetings with University management. That’s why it’s important everyone does the survey because for once there is a chance your views will not only being listened to but can result in changes being made.

Please complete this survey as soon as possible, it only takes about 10 minutes. Please encourage all your colleagues to fill it in as well, regardless of if they are in a trade union. You can complete the survey here

Living Wage

Having secured the equivelent of Living Wage for over 350 low paid staff in August 2014, the campus trade unions led by UNISON, are now negotiating with the University and we are seeking an a permanent committment by the University to:

  • Pay the Living Wage at the rate inpendently agreed in November by the Living Wage Trust
  • Become an accredited Living Wage employer

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Library - UNISON ask for committment to no compulsory redundancy's and agreement on staffing levels

UNISON met Library management in July. We have asked for guarantee's that no staff will be made redundant and for an agreement on staffing levels. The Library management have not agreed to this but have given assurances their intention is to avoid redundancy's. UNISON will continue to push this forward as an urgent issue. For more information see the latest UNISON Library Newsletter or contact Michael Moore your UNISON Library steward.


After mass grievances were submitted earlier this we have agreed the following with the University:

  • A draft overtime has now been agreed. This will now go to a cleaners meeting for approval (or not) before being implemented. 
  • Unconscious bias training will be rolled out to cleaning staff to deal with some of the diversity issues raised
  • Revised PDR guidelines that make the scheme relevant to cleaner will also go to a cleaners meeting for approval
  • A new cleaners newsletter will be out soon

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School uniform grant

Grants for help buying School uniforms have now closed but There for You, UNISON's charity dedicated to helping UNISON members are always around to help. You can call them on 020 7121 5620 or for debt advise freephone 0800 389 3302

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.




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