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Trade Unions

The University of Reading has a formal recognition agreement in place with one Trade Union, the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU).

UCU is recognised as the body representing academic and related and professional and managerial staff on matters of pay and conditions of service. Salary negotiations are carried out nationally, while conditions of service are a matter for local negotiation between the University and the Reading UCU on a termly basis. In addition to this UCU Officers assist or represent members in personal cases when a difficulty arises between the member and the University. Officers of the Branch are annual appointments. View the UCU website.

Union Representatives:

President: Sally Pellow (RISIS Team, Student Services)

Vice President: David Field (SPCLS)

Secretary: Nat Wilmott (Student Services)

Treasurer: Simone Knox (SACD)

Membership: vacant

Anti-casualisation: Rita Balestrini (SLL)

Equalities: Ellen Owens (Student Services)

Pensions: Deepa Govindarajan Driver (Henley Business School)

Trade union facility time data

For the period 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022
The University is required to report on Trade Union facility time annually under the requirements of the Trade Union Act. The following information is for the reporting period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022;

Employees in organisation

1,501 to 5,000 employees

Trade union representatives and full-time equivalents

Trade union representatives:


FTE trade union representatives:


Percentage of working hours spent on facility time

0% of working hours:  0 representatives

1 to 50% of working hours:

7 representatives

51 to 99% of working hours:

0 representatives

Total pay bill and facility time costs

Total pay bill:


Total cost of facility time:


Percentage of pay spent on facility time:


Paid trade union activities

Hours spent on paid facility time:


Hours spent on paid trade union activities:


Percentage of total paid facility time hours spent on paid TU activities:

See also
Contacts for Unions