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15th December 2020

Branch Christmas Competition 2020 - Results

Christmas TreeThe branch held our prize draw for our fantastic Christmas Competition and we're pleased to announce we now have our 5 prize winners and eight runners up for this year.

The prizes this year were:

  • an amazing Lenovo Legion 5 top-of-the-range Gaming Laptop.
  • a lovely Prosecco and Chocolates Hamper (x2)
  • a great Wine and Snacks box Hamper (x2)
  • and Eight runners up received £20 Vouchers!

Our prize winners draw was overseen by our Branch Chairperson, Julie Yackiminie on Tuesday and were:

  • First Prize:  Carol McKerron
  • Second Prizes:  Roy Glennie & Ruth Steele
  • Third Prizes:  Lauren Hossack & Iain Bell
  • Runners-up: Janice Wright, Rhona Skene, Joanne Procee, Scott Murison, David Milne, Alison Mcleod, Wendy Arthur, and Shirley McQeen

Our competition this year was an odd one out and people were asked to select the odd one out from A: Christmas Pudding, B: Chocolate Yule Log, C: Christmas Tree and D: Brussel Sprouts.

We know there are a number of ways you could look at it, but we were only looking for one right answer and that was "C: Christmas Tree" as the other things are all things you would eat (although we do admit some people would debate whether Brussel Sprouts are edible!).  Well done to everyone who got the answer we were looking for!

Congratulations to all our winners, and to everyone out there, have a Happy Christmas and New Year!

Categories: Benefits | Branch


1st December 2020

Branch Christmas Competition 2020

Apple iPad ProOnce more we are running our fantastic Christmas Competition, which is open to members only for all our current UNISON members at both the Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen.

Prizes this year are an amazing top of the range Gaming Laptop. We'll also have our ever popular Christmas hampers and some £20 vouchers for runners up.

Entry is online only this year:

Don’t leave it too late to send your entry - enter today!

Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members


6th November 2020

Free £20 Gift Voucher for Branch Members!

£20 VoucherAs you know the branch receives money each year to use on a variety of things, including social events.  We'll be running our Christmas competition as usual, but we have also run coach trips and other events in the past.  This year, as you'll appreciate, we haven't been able to do that.

We know however how difficult this year has been for all of us, and the branch committee would like to say thank you to all our members for all the fantastic work you've been doing under very difficult circumstances.  For that reason we are offering all our branch members a £20 gift voucher of their choice!

To claim your gift voucher please register online - we'll then get them ordered and codes distributed to everyone which will allow you to claim your gift voucher from the many available at www.love2shoprewards.co.uk

All registrations should be received by Sunday 15th November 2020 to allow us time to process the order and get the codes out to you by early December - in time for a bit of Christmas shopping!

Categories: Benefits | Members


26th March 2020

There for You - Financial Support for Members

There for You - Supporting UNISON Members when Life Gets Tough
With the current COVID-19 crisis many members are finding themselves struggling to cope.  We'd like to remind members of UNISON's welfare charity, There for You, which provides a vital service to members experiencing financial and emotional difficulties.

All members can contact There for You directly, which provides a confidential advice and support service for members and their dependants.  Members who are experiencing financial difficulties can also apply for a Financial Assistance grant, and also receive help and advice with regard to applying for benefits you may be eligible to claim.  For a full list of services provided go to the website here:

https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/

At this time, branches have also been asked to support the charity with donations, and the Aberdeen Universities branch committee have agreed a donation of £1,000 to UNISON Welfare from branch funds to help support those members most in need.

If you are dealing with an emergency situation – either linked to COVID-19 or other financial pressures – and you have no money at all, call 020 7121 5620 and leave a message. During these unprecedented times, members can apply to There for You directly for an emergency payment.

For other support and application forms for financial assistance see the There for You website linked above.  Forms can be submitted electronically.

Categories: Benefits | Members


16th December 2019

Branch Christmas Competition 2019 - Results

Christmas TreeThe branch held our prize draw for our fantastic Christmas Competition and we're pleased to announce we now have our five prize winners for this year.

The prizes this year were:

  • an amazing Apple iPad Pro (10.5" WiFi 256Gb) Space Grey.
  • our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two (x2)
  • and our Luxury Christmas hampers (x2)

Our prize winners were drawn by our independent adjudicator on Monday and were:

  • First Prize:  Janice Forsyth
  • Second Prizes:  Margaret Price & Gavin Murison
  • Third Prizes:  Jayne Marooth & Liz Law

Our competition this year was a maze members were asked to help Rudolph find his way through to get his Christmas present.  The options were A: Teddy Bear, B: Wheely Duck or C: Helicopter.

There were a lot of maze runners out there who got the right answer - the correct answer was A: Teddy Bear.

Congratulations to all our winners, and to everyone out there, have a Happy Christmas and New Year!

Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members


14th March 2019

Livingston Designer Outlet Coach Trip

Livingstone Designer OutletUNISON Aberdeen Universities branch has organised a FREE day trip on Saturday 27th April to Livingston Designer Outlet for branch members. Members may also bring along a guest as well!

With over 70 boutiques, restaurants and cafés, Livingston Designer Outlet isn’t merely Scotland’s largest Designer Outlet. They have a wide range of stores, offering something to suit every taste. Highlights range from iconic fashion brands, including Fred Perry Kurt Geiger, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger, athletic labels like Nike and Adidas, and high-street favourites like M&S and Next.

We'll have two pickups on the morning of Saturday 27th April departing from:

  • Kings College, University of Aberdeen departing at 8am, and
  • SIWB, Robert Gordon University Garthdee departing at 8.30am
  • Returning at 5pm for arrival back to Aberdeen at about 8pm.

For more information about the venue, see the Livingston Designer Outlet website.  To book your place (please note only UNISON branch members may book), please use our Ticketsource booking form:

Book now

Have you booked already, but lost your e-Ticket? 
Please go to the Ticketsource website where you can request they are resent to you.

Categories: Benefits | Branch | Events | Members


11th February 2019

Heart Unions Week - STUC Webinar

As part of heart unions week, we're hoping to show the live webinar about the STUC's better than zero campaign.  Better Than Zero are a group of workers, who, since 2015, have been organising against precarious work in the hospitality and service sectors in Scotland.  They campaign against zero hours, zero rights, and zero respect in the workplace. 

Come along, have a chat, get some heart union goodies (including our reusable hand warmers and heart union jelly beans!), watch the webinar, and let us know what issues you're facing right now:

  • Wednesday 13th February 2019

    1pm-1.45pm - UNISON Stall - SIWB Entrance Area (RGU)

    2pm-3pm - LIVE WEBINAR - Room 412 - Aberdeen Business School (RGU)

We hope to see you there!  For further information you can also see the national website www.heartunions.org.

Categories: Benefits | Branch | Events


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