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Have you thought about joining the Staff Forum but would like to know what it involves? Individuals bring their own skills and expertise to the forum and you can find many ways to contribute and follow particular interests.

Who can become a member?

The forum is divided into Employer and Employee Representatives. The Employee reps are restricted to Grades 1-5 and was formed when the University de-recognised the union that was representing these employees. Staff on Grades 6 and above are still represented by UCU, the Universities and College Union. At present the Employer reps are by invitation but do ask if you feel you could contribute.

How do I apply to join?

In the first instance please contact our secretary Rachel Thorns. Rachel manages recruitment and will tell you if there are vacancies and whether you can be accepted on to the forum. If there are lots of applicants there will need to be an election. In practise this has only occurred when there were several people interested from the same area of work. We are keen to increase diversity and to recruit members to cover all areas of employment so if your type of work, work area or diversity group is not currently covered we will welcome your application.

What members do?

  • Attend 3 formal staff forum meetings per year.
  • Attend Staff Forum Employee rep meetings. The Employee reps meet informally as a group from time to time when it is felt things need to be discussed.
  • Answer queries from the staff members.
  • Offer assistance to staff who may have a problem at work.
  • Attend Working Groups which result from current activities being undertaken by the university. Workgroup participation is voluntary.
  • Attend Consultation meetings.

This can involve offering support to staff who have such problems at work (e.g. disciplinary, harassment, redundancy). We do not offer advice but we but we do need to give direction to where help and advice can be sought and to make sure procedures are followed. Consultation and workgroup participation can mean attending one or a series of meetings. They offer a chance to contribute and influence the decisions made by management.

What does it involve and how much time does it take up?

You will need time to attend the termly meetings and read the associated papers and minutes. If you are required to support a member of staff who has problems at work this may involve meeting with them and attending official meetings. Consultation and workgroup attendance can vary from one to a series of meetings. As an individual you can raise any topic for discussion and bring issues reported to you to a meeting. You can request an item is put on the Agenda of the formal Staff Forum meeting.

Will I get help and training?

Yes. It is recognised that the staff forum members need training and sessions are organised to help the forum members fill their roles. Training requirements are always under review and suggestions are often made for new topics. HR give training on HR matters.


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