Higher Education Role Analysis (HERA)

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2023 National Higher Education Conference
11 October 2022

Conference notes that it has been some years since HERA was introduced as the tool for role analysis in the majority of UK universities as part of the National Framework Agreement. As part of that many UNISON activists were trained and accredited as HERA Role Analysts to support members wishing to have their roles evaluated, remunerated fairly/correctly for work undertaken and often to assist in the correct scoring of new roles, in partnership with employers. Many members are now being called on to take on additional duties as staff are not replaced and it is important that these members are supported by reps who have the relevant knowledge to support them through the process and give them the confidence to ask for their role to be re-evaluated.

It is important that as activists retire or move on that we replenish and refresh our pool of analysts and reps with an understanding of HERA, in order that we are able to advise and support members on issues around their roles and regrading applications/appeals.

We call on the Higher Education Service Group Executive to undertake the following:

1)Carry out a survey of members of their experiences of using the HERA/other analysis schemes in their workplace.

2)Use the feedback from the survey to update and reissue UNISON’s guidance around HERA and/or other role/analysis schemes in place in HE for Activists.

3)Provide training for activists to become Accredited Role Analysts in HERA/other analysis scheme.