2023 National Higher Education Conference

2 February 2023 9:30am–5:00pm

Crowne Plaza Newcastle -Stephenson Quarter Hawthorn Square, Forth St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA

UNISON’s National Higher Education Service Group Executive Committee has agreed to hold a National Higher Education Service Group Conference from 9:30am until 5pm on Thursday 2nd February 2023  

We have now opened the Online Conferencing System (OCS) to allow branches to register delegates and submit motions in line with the rule-book requirements.     

Please note the deadline to submit motions on OCS is 12.00 noon on Thursday, 13 October 2022  

UNISON’s National Higher Education Service Group Conference takes place over one day. All delegates and visitors may attend all sessions of conference but voting on motions is restricted to delegates only. Delegates should attend all sessions of Conference.   

The conference bulletin will have further information on motion submission from the SOC and submission deadlines. 

Registration and Enquiries

If you want to attend the conference, please contact your branch who can register you as a delegate or visitor on the Online Conference System (OCS). Once you are registered you will receive a email confirmation from OCS.

If you have any queries about the conference, please email conferences@unison.co.uk

Travel Arrangement

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for conference through Stewart Corporate Travel by emailing


or telephone:

0800 091 4272

Travel costs for Delegates be funded nationally;
Branches are responsible for funding their visitors attendance at conference. Subsistence should cover the cost of accommodation, meals, childcare, dependent care and facilitation.

Conference Travel should be booked by the cheapest possible means.

Driving is discouraged for conference unless delegates are travelling together or as a reasonable adjustment. Total reclaimable will be the cost of standard tickets or cost of car travel – whichever is the lesser.

The 250 mile / upgraded or 1st Class travel rule is not applicable for conference travel

All travel requests (including upgraded or 1st Class Travel) as a reasonable adjustment must be reviewed and authorised by the Head of Conferences.


Booking accommodation – please book any accommodation required with a reputable provider with a generous cancellation policy.

Please ensure that members have written confirmation of any booked and paid for accommodation.


Deadline for Submission of Motions 12pm Thursday, 13 October 2022
Deadline for Registration of Delegates on OCS 12pm Thursday, 10 November 2022
Publication of Preliminary Agenda Thursday, 03 November 2022
Deadline for Babysitting and crèche places 12pm Thursday, 24 November 2022
Deadline for reasonable adjustment requests for access 4pm Thursday, 15 December 2022
Deadline for Submission of Motion Appeals 12noon Wednesday, 07 December 2022
Deadline for Submission of Amendments 12noon Thursday, 08 December 2022
Publication of Final Agenda Thursday, 05 January 2023
Deadline for Submission of Emergency Motions 12noon Thursday, 26 January 2023
Deadline for Registration of Change of Delegates on the OCS 11:59pm Monday, 30 January 2023

Personal Pronouns

It is now possible to add your personal pronouns to the online conference system so that they can appear on your credentials.

For information on how to do this, please visit the UNISON website, click on events, choose your conference and scroll to the documents at the bottom of the page and open “Personal pronouns in OCS – User guide”.

If you require help, please email the conference team, conferences@unison.co.uk or telephone, 0207 121 5123.


Conference Motions