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17th February 2021

UNISON Annual General Meeting 2021

It's now time for the branch Annual General Meeting.  As you'll appreciate this year will be a little different, and the AGM will take place via Zoom, and will be a single AGM for UNISON members from both Universities.  Registration is required to attend.

Tuesday 16th March 2020
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Register for the AGM Online

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Papers and agendas will be sent out to members in advance of the meetings.  Please also ensure you complete and submit any nomination forms for stewards and branch officers prior to the meeting.

Categories: AGM | Members


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


20th March 2020

UNISON Coronavirus Information

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone and that you may have queries or need support.   

We have been engaging with both Universities throughout this period and they have created FAQ areas which should answer the majority of queries:

The main item to highlight is that both Universities have committed that staff will suffer no detriment financially during this uncertain time and we will all continued to be paid.  

If you have a query that is not answered on the University website and you are not sure who to contact, please contact us and we will engage with the relevant departments to find an answer for you.

Please stay safe everyone and follow the guidelines issued with regard to COVID-19.

Categories: Members


10th February 2020

UNISON Branch AGM 2020

It's now time for the branch Annual General Meeting, and this year we'll be repeating our split AGM format across both Universities.  The AGM will be held on two days at lunchtimes, with one meeting at RGU and the other at UofA.  Please make every effort to come along to one of them.

Refreshments will be provided from 12 noon and the AGM meetings will start at 12.30pm.

University of Aberdeen

Monday 2nd March 2020: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room 224 in the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Robert Gordon University

Tuesday 3rd March 2020: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room 213 in Aberdeen Business School

Papers and agendas will be sent out to members in advance of the meetings.  Please also ensure you complete and submit any nomination forms for stewards and branch officers prior to the meeting.

Categories: AGM | 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


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