Stress at work

Is stress at work a concern for you?

We are finding that more and more members are suffering from stress related to their job. The Health and Safety Executive have published statistics showing that stress is often related to workload, in particular tight deadlines, too much work or too much pressure or responsibility. Other factors identified included a lack of managerial support, organisational changes at work, violence and role uncertainty.

Our sister union UCU actively campaigns and carries out research on this problem. We would like to explore with our members how we can address this issue and have added an item to the agenda of our next branch meeting so that you can feed back your experiences of stress and how it impacts on you and your colleagues.

Please come and bring your friends, it’s in Physics B5 at 12.15pm on Wednesday  30th  November 2016



Join us for a slice of cake with colleagues to celebrate staff on campus!

This week is living wage week. Meet us in Portland Building – C Floor (outside Atrium) Wednesday 2nd November 12-2pm.

As part of Living Wage Week, and our joint campaign on both casualised contracts and low pay, we celebrate staff at the University and ask whether it’s time for every worker on campus to have a fair slice of the cake, with secure employment and at least a Living Wage.


Supporting Carers In The Workplace

There will be a presentation on  ‘Supporting Carers In The Workplace’    by Katherine Wilson of Employers for Carers, Carers UK  at 12.30  on Tuesday 18th October 2016 in Hugh Stewart House Conference Room A1.  Please note this is NOT Hugh Stewart Hall but Hugh Stewart House which is adjacent to it, at the corner of Lenton Hall Drive and Library Road on UP.  The easiest entrance is from Lenton Hall Drive.

All university staff are welcome.

Katherine will give a presentation of ~  an hour (talk and questions) focusing on how and where carers can get practical information and support, whether inside or outside the workplace, followed by up to 30 mins for 1-1 sessions for anyone who wishes to have those discussions. Anyone should feel free to join or leave the event as their timetable dictates.

Please circulate this e-mail as widely as possible.  Apologies for the very late announcement  (venue issues!)

Kind regards June

Dr June McCombie  (Chair of the Carers’ Staff Network)

Focus group about behavioural based competency framework

Focus group about behavioural based competency framework: 28 June, 1.30 – 4.30, A1 Humanities Building on University Park.

If you are interested in attending this event (more details below), please email: by Friday 10th June at 5pm.  

The University is planning to introduce a new behavioural based competency framework.

In a recent meeting with representatives from all of the unions, we pointed out to Carol Steed, the University’s Leadership and Management Director,  that not everyone had the opportunity to be involved in the early consultation stage.

As a result she has arranged another focus group for members of staff from any job family and any job level, particularly if  they happen to have been through, or be experiencing more challenging issues within the University. The main focus of this group is for staff who may be able to offer a differing ‘staff’ perspective than those they have engaged with already.

 Here is the message from Carol Steed about this event:

“You may be aware that we are currently in the process of designing a new behavioural based competency framework for the University. This will be one framework that will cover all job families and all levels, so we are keen to make sure that the focus, emphasis and language is applicable to all. We are already part way through the process, and in conversation with our Union rep colleagues it has become clear that not everyone may have had the opportunity to be involved in the early consultation stage. We would therefore like to invite you to be involved in an additional focus group session where you can share your views and perspectives.

The aim of this session is to review with you your perspectives on how a competency based behavioural framework can and should be used in our University environment, and also to provide feedback on the version of the framework that is currently being piloted. We will want to explore the layout and content, how it can work in practice, and if we are to embed this within the University moving forward, what some of the key actions are that we need to take to ensure success. This is a significant development for the University, which will take time to embed and we wish to start the journey considering and including as many perspectives as possible.”

Sally Hanford

Branch Secretary

Unite members are invited to see Ken Loach’s new film


See a great film and pay only what you can afford

Sunday June 5

At cinemas across the UK and Ireland

Film fans will know Ken Loach as the man who brought us Kes, Bread and Roses and Looking for Eric.

You can find out more about the life and works of Ken on the weekend of Sunday June 5th when a new documentary – ‘Versus’ – will be screened in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Unite members are invited to go along and see it at these special screenings where you only need to pay what you can.


You can see a trailer for Versus here:


Trailer as mp4 (download)


43 cinemas in 27 cities are taking part in this first for UK and Ireland cinema. You can find out if there is one near you by clicking here:

Please contact individual cinemas to confirm exact screening times.

Tickets will be available on the day in-person at the box office (first-come, first-served). Just ask the box office staff for a ticket on the day and there will be a ‘pay-what-you-can’ collection box on the counter. You can find out more about this here:

Please do spread the word and encourage your friends, family and film fans to do so too by sharing one or all of these:

Main film image (download)

Twitter image (download)

Facebook image (download)

With best wishes

Unite campaigns & communications team


Pay and the new Expectations and Behaviour framework are on the agenda for the next Branch meeting

Pay and the new Expectations and Behaviour framework are on the agenda for the next Branch meeting. Come and find out what is going on in YOUR union.
You can also Talk to a rep – Are you interested in being a workplace representative? what is it like to be a rep?  This is your chance to find out.

Location: Tower Building Room 609

WEDNESDAY 25 May, 2016 12.15-1.15pm

To arrange remote access: contact x67973

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.



Sally Hanford

Branch Secretary

Unite Nottingham University Branch

Unite Office Portland E131

University of Nottingham

University Park



0115 7484521



Meet Garry Guye, our Regional Officer at our next Branch meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 30th March

Meet Garry Guye, our Regional Officer at our next Branch meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 30th March

Time: 12.15

Location: Tower Building 609


Meet Garry Guye, our regional officer.

He’ll be available for questions and will be speaking to us about the new Trade Union Bill that means that members will no longer be able to pay their union subscriptions through payroll (also known as ‘check off’). It’s important that members that still pay union subs by ‘check off’ now transfer over to direct debit.