2024 National Higher Education Conference

1 February 2024 9:30am–5:00pm

Leonardo Hotel Milton Keynes Midsummer Boulevard Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP England

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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 1st 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, 12 October 2023  

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

Please consider the impact on the environment when making your decision on how to travel to Conference.

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for Conference through Stewart Corporate Travel via email at unison@stewarttravelmanagement.com or call 0800 091 4272. Please advise Stewart Corporate Travel if your delegates have railcards.

Travel can also be booked online using the Steward Travel Online Portal at https://www.gtp-marketplace.com/

Branches are reminded that:

  • Travel costs for Delegates and Sharer 1s only will be funded from National Office.
  • Travel costs for Visitors and Sharer 2s must be paid for by the branch. Please note that a booking fee is applicable – further details from Stewart Corporate Travel.

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 or driving) as a reasonable adjustment must be reviewed and authorised by the Head of Conferences.

Reasonable adjustment requests for travel should be made by 12pm Friday, 05 January 2024


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.


Time Dates
Deadline for Submission of Motions on the OCS 12:00pm Thursday, 12 October 2023
Publication of Preliminary Agenda Thursday, 02 November 2023
Deadline for Submission of Delegates on the OCS 12:00pm Thursday, 09 November 2023
Deadline for babysitting and crèche requests on the OCS 12:00pm Thursday, 23 November 2023
Deadline for reasonable adjustment requests for access on the OCS 4:00pm Thursday, 23 November 2023
Deadline for Amendments to Motions on the OCS 12:00pm Thursday, 07 December 2023
Publication of Final Agenda Thursday, 04 January 2024
Deadline for reasonable adjustment requests for travel 12:00pm Thursday, 18 January 2024
Deadline for Submission of Emergency Motions on the OCS 10:00am Thursday, 25 January 2024
Deadline for Submitting Change of Delegates on the OCS 11:59pm Monday, 29 January 2024

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.