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The University and Staff Joint Board

The University and Staff Joint Board (USJB) is a joint consultative and negotiating body. The University has granted voluntary recognition of the three trade unions: The University and College Union (UCU), Unite the Union (Unite) and Unison. Each union has signed a Recognition Agreement with the University.

All parties agree that the USJB is set up with the object of providing a means of consultation and negotiation between the University and the trade unions in respect of the terms and conditions of employment of the staff in the bargaining units for whom the trade unions have been recognised.

The regulations for the USJB and its Standing and Special Joint Negotiating Committees as approved by the Regent House are given in the Ordinances of the University

Staff representatives of Unite and UNISON and UCU sit, together with nominees appointed by Council and the General Board, under the chairmanship of the Pro-Vice Chancellor.

Staff are represented on the Joint Board in separate bargaining units. A bargaining unit is a group of employees who have interests in common for negotiations.

The bargaining units information is set out below:

  • with UCU for staff in the academic, academic-related and research categories 
  • with Unite for staff in the academic-related, research and assistant categories 
  • with Unison for staff in the academic-related and assistant categories 


University and Staff Joint Board Minutes