UCL UNISON Branch and IOE UNISON Branch merger January 2015

Following the merger of UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) and in accordance with the UNISON rules which allow for just one Branch per employer, UCL UNISON and IOE UNISON Branches have now merged (as of January 2015).


UCL Council confirms UCL/IOE merger decision 21 October 2014

Following the announcement that UCL Council has confirmed it decision to merge with the Institute of Education we will be holding a Members meeting in November to discuss any issues and or concerns that Members might have. UCL have contacted the campus unions and informed us that they will be sending out the consultation papers shortly.

UCL Council confirms UCL/IOE merger decision 21 October 2014

UCL Council has today (20 October) confirmed its decision that UCL should merge with the Institute of Education (IOE).

Subject to legal agreements and final approval at the meeting of IOE Council on 25 November, the two universities will merge from 2 December 2014.

Having embarked on a strategic partnership in October 2012, the two institutions announced in February this year that they were to consult on a proposed merger. The IOE Council confirmed its support for merger at its meeting on 8 October.

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL Provost, said: “Today’s decision by UCL Council marks another important step towards a merger that both our institutions believe will deliver significant advances in the field of social sciences and education.

“The combination of the IOE and UCL can be much more than the sum of their parts, and I believe that both of us will gain from working as a single institution, delivering new research collaborations, and curriculum developments, as well as extending our influence and reach.”

SOURCE: http://www.ucl.ac.uk

Thousands of Higher Education workers to receive the Living Wage

UNISON’s Higher Education members have voted overwhelmingly to accept a pay offer that will see thousands of low paid university staff receive the Living Wage* and end a long running pay dispute in the sector.

All staff will receive a consolidated 2% rise, while workers on the lowest pay scales who work a 35 hour week will now be paid the Living Wage.

The agreement is set to benefit staff in more than 150 universities across the UK.
The decision to accept the pay offer officially settles the pay negotiations for 2014-15, and draws a line under the 2013-14 pay offer that led to three separate days of strike action in October and December 2013, and February this year.

UNISON Head of Education, Jon Richards, said:
“Today represents a significant milestone in our campaign to end to the pay freeze in Higher Education but our fight will not end here.
“UNISON will continue its campaign for all universities to become Living Wage accredited employers and for our members to share in the success of the sector.”

Best wishes,

Donna Rowe-Merriman
Senior National Officer
Education and Children’s Services


2% pay offer – consulative ballot result expected early June

Higher education employers have made a “full and final” pay offer of 2%, with a minimum pay point equal to the living wage, following pay talks with the unions.

“This offer represents a significant shift from recent offers by the higher education employers,” said national secretary Jon Richards.

“It also recognises low pay and the living wage, which is an important benchmark for UNISON.

The final offer is based on the following understandings:

  • that it would settle the pay negotiations for 2014/15;
  • that it would draw a line under the 2013/14 negotiating round and dispute


  • Ballot papers went out from the Branch during the second week of May (closing date Friday 23rd May).  The results have been sent to the Region. The UNISON Higher Education Service Group Executive are expected to discuss the  results of the Ballot on the 30 May, after which time we will contact all members.