Higher education

UNISON is one of the largest unions in the higher education sector, supporting 50,000 members working in universities.


We represent higher education members employed by universities directly, or who work for a contractor supplying services. These roles include:

  • administration and IT;
  • cleaning, catering and facilities maintenance;
  • technical and laboratory services;
  • security;
  • library and sports centre services; and
  • student union services.

We negotiate nationally and locally to protect pay, terms and conditions and to prevent members from being outsourced to private companies. UNISON representatives help to ensure a safe working environment.

UNISON campaigns for decent pay in universities – including a living wage for the lowest paid – as well as an eradication of the gender pay gap and to stop the use of zero hour contracts and the casualisation of work.