Higher education conference 2016

25 February 2016 9:30am–5:00pm

Southport Convention Centre

Conference Decisions from this years conference can be found under resources below.

The annual conference for UNISON’s higher education service group.

Registrations 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.

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

Venue and accommodation

Southport Convention Centre, Promenade, Southport, Merseyside PR9 0DZ

The venue

The North West’s premier conference, banqueting and entertainment venue, all under one roof. For more information, see the Southport Convention Centre website.

Travel arrangements

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

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.


Branches are encouraged to arrange accommodation through VisitSouthport. Using the Booking Service supports the work of our members in local government and ensures our continuing ability, as a not-for-profit organisation, to secure preferential rates for our conference venues.

The dedicated webpage for UNISON Higher Education Conference is:


You can also telephone VisitSouthport on 01704 533 333 quoting ‘UNISON Higher Education Conference 2016’.

Branches using this booking service are reminded that there are no proforma invoicing facilities available with this system. Payment will need to be made at the point of booking with a debit or credit card.

Who should attend

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

Contact the conference office

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

Tel: 020 7121 5123


Conference Motions