2018 Higher Education Conference

11 January 2018 9:30am–5:00pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester

Registration and enquiries

If you want to attend the conference, please contact your branch, who can register you as the delegate or visitor on the Online Conference System.

If you have any queries about the conference, contact our conference office (see details below).

Please help us to help the environment

We’re doing our best to reduce the environmental impact of our conferences. This year, we are providing all delegates with the chance to opt out of being sent paper copies of our conference materials as part of the delegates’ despatch.  All these documents will be available online via the conference app, and on the UNISON website.  You can then download them onto your laptop or tablet to view online while you are at conference.  If you wish to opt out please indicate this on the ‘Extras’ screen options on the Online Conference System (OCS).  If you do not opt out, you will be sent all documentation in hard copy form.

For further information, please see the ‘Opting Out’ document below.

Venue and accommodation


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2BD


For this conference, Marketing Cheshire has secured preferential rates at a selection of nearby hotels, if the branch books direct with the hotel, quoting UNISON.  These rates are available until 30 November 2017.  All the details are available in the accommodation document in the resources section below.

Alternatively you can book direct with Marketing Cheshire at www.visitchester.com, but this will not be at the negotiated rates secured for UNISON.

Travel Arrangements

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for conference through Stewart Corporate Travel.  Travel application forms are in the conference bulletin below.

Wherever possible, please ensure train tickets are delivered to you directly as collecting them from stations incurs an extra charge.

Travel costs for delegates will be funded nationally; travel costs for visitors must be paid for by the branch.

Branches are responsible for funding their delegates’ and visitors’ attendance at conference.  Subsistence should cover the cost of accommodation, meals, childcare, dependent care and facilitation.

Who should attend

Full details on who can attend, branch representation, proportionality and fair representation are in the conference bulletin below.

Contact the conference office

UNISON Conference Office, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY

Tel: 020 7121 5123


Conference Motions