Private messages at work can be read by European employers

A European court has ruled that companies are allowed to monitor workers’ online chats.

It’s after judges said a firm that read a worker’s Yahoo Messenger chats, sent while he was at work, was within its rights.

So where do you draw the line with personal messages at work?

Read more here



Are you an agency worker?

Are you an agency worker?

The Agency Worker Regulations (AWR), which came into effect on 1st October 2011, entitle agency workers to benefit from many of the same basic employment terms and conditions as employees who work directly for the University. The University publishes guidance on this for managers.
The University expects that a long term requirement should not be filled through an agency, since the expectation is that agency workers should be used only for short term requirements.

If you are an agency worker here at the University of Nottingham, we want to hear from you about your experiences. You can either comment here, reply to us on twitter or email us at You don’t have to be a unite member to contact us.


2015 Pay Ballot

We are now voting on the current pay offer so make sure that you have registered to vote.

Make sure we have your current e mail address and contact details by completing this unite members ballot registration form and emailing it to

As part of our local negotiations we received the offer of  1% with effect from 1 August 2015, with the exception of points 2 to 8.

The lower end enhancements would be as follows:

Point % increase
2* 2.4%
3 2.2%
4 2.0%
5 1.8%
6 1.6%
7 1.4%
8 1.2%

Unite’s university membership embraces science technicians, administrators and facilities management staff. The union has about 20,000 members in higher education.

Joint union meeting on casualisation and the need for a Living Wage

An important joint union meeting on casualisation and the need for a Living Wage takes place on campus on

Wednesday 14 October at 1pm in Law & Social Sciences B62

LWThere are people working on the Nottingham campus who earn less than the Living Wage, a rate calculated to allow for a minimum, basic standard of living. Other colleagues have to move from one casual contract to another without enjoying the benefits related to job security. After successful joint campaigns, 17 universities have become Living Wage employers, joining big names like Ikea in recognising the benefits of decent pay.

Casualised employment is an increasing problem on our campus. More and more of our colleagues are employed through Unitemps on inferior contracts. We would like to hear your experiences and views on these issues to help develop a Living Wage and anti-casualisation campaign.
We would love to see you at our joint  meeting on Wednesday 14th October at 1pm in Law and Social Sciences B62.

This is a joint campaign, involving the three main campus unions, students, and Nottingham Citizens.

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Celebrating the work of technicians at the 2015 Higher Education Technicians’ Summit

Celebrating the work of technicians at the 2015 Higher Education Technicians’ Summit

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 08:16 AM PDT

On Tuesday 30 June, The University of Nottingham hosted the inaugural Higher Education Technicians’ Summit.

@UoNResearch tweeted live from the summit, and we’ve collected highlights from the day in our Storify below. This included the award ceremony for the Papin Prizes, and keynote speeches from:

  • Dr Helen Sharman OBE – first Briton in space, now Technical Manager at Kingston University
  • Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya Kt CBE FREng FRS – Professor of Manufacturing and Chairman of the Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham

Read through our Storify below for a closer look at the day’s events. You can also scroll down for a full list of Papin Prize winners, and a video outlining the crucial work that technicians do here at the University.

[View the story “#HETS2015 – recognising the talent of technicians” on Storify]

Papin Prize results 2015

Contribution to Infrastructure – Robert Johnson, University of Warwick

Contribution to Research – Lisa Storer, University of Nottingham

Contribution to Teaching – Charlie Bland, Aston University and the Warwick University Satellite Team

Facility & Equipment Management – Mike Beard, University of Nottingham

Leadership – Carl Hingley, University of Birmingham

Working with Business – Val Street, University of Nottingham

Newcomer – Justyna Janus, University of Leicester

Special Award for Community – Aziza Alibhai, University of Nottingham

Special Award for Outreach – Neil Barnes, University of Nottingham

Lifetime Achievement Award – Vicky Wilson University of Nottingham

Vicky Wilson has worked with Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and made a pivotal contribution in the discovery of the technique now known as DNA fingerprinting. DNA fingerprinting revolutionised the way in which police investigate crime and Victoria’s contribution was recently portrayed in the recent ITV drama Code of a Killer starring David Threlfall, John Simm and Lydia Rose Brewley, who portrayed the character of Victoria.

Raising the profile of technicians

For more information about the work of technicians at The University of Nottingham and an interview from Professor Sir David Greenaway, watch our video:



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Joining a union is a good thing as it gives a combined body to negotiate for better terms and conditions and negotiate pay deals.

Branch meetings are held (usually in University Park Coates Building) on the last Wednesday of every month except July and August.

The Unite Office Portland Building E131 is open Wednesday lunchtimes 1.00-2.00pm (unless there is a branch meeting) and members are invited to come and meet us and raise any workplace concerns they may have. Unite Office phone no- The prefix to dial into this extension from outside the University is 0115 74. ext 84521 leave a message and we will call you back.

The Unite Safety Convenor and 2 other Unite Safety Representatives attend the University Safety Committee to raise members concerns.

Unite aim to have Safety Representatives in every department and training is available from the union ask us for further information .

Unite representatives meet with HR regularly at the Joint Union Working Group to review guidelines and discuss any issues that arise.  If you are interested in becoming a Unite Representative ask for further information.

Unite representatives attend the Support Staff Consultative Committee as observers but do not participate as issues are discussed at the Joint Union Working Group which is attended by the campus unions with negotiating rights.

Unite representatives attend the ad hoc redundancy meetings with HR to review up-coming redundancies.

Members are urged to contact a representative if they feel under threat of redundancy.

The Staff Equality and Diversity Advisory Group is a forum to discuss equality issues with HR

At an individual level Nottingham University Branch of Unite representatives can provide information and support at sickness absence and disciplinary meetings.

The local branch also provides advice for regrading applications and 2 Unite Representatives attend the regrading panel. Hay panel training is available please ask for further information.

See the National website for the many advantages of joining a union

The Nottingham University Branch of UNITE meets on the last Wednesday of the month and you are welcome to come along and ask questions.  See our local website for more information about meetings

If you are unable to get to University Park join in by link from the comfort of your own home or office

Remote access: contact  Phone 67973

UNITE need 40% membership of a staff group to be granted full recognition by the University to negotiate for a particular staff group.  In order to prove that and for e-mail balloting we need you to fill in a local contacts form which we will send you when you contact us with your membership number.

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