Past Event

SOAS UNISON Branch 2020 Annual General Meeting

11 February 2020, 12:30 pm
DLT (Lucas Lecture Theatre/Djam Lecture Theatre)

SOAS UNISON Branch Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 12.30pm–2.00pm in the DLT (Lucas Lecture Theatre/Djam Lecture Theatre, formerly room G2), ground floor, main SOAS building.

Lunch will be provided.

(Please note there will also be a parallel AGM for early morning staff at 7am (TBC) on Tuesday 11th February 2020 in the DLT/LLT)

SOAS UNISON Branch 2020 AGM Draft Agenda:

1.    Approval of Minutes from 2019 AGM
2.    Matters Arising
3.    Branch Officers Reports
4.    Update on USS Pension Industrial Action Ballot
5.    Update on London Weighting
6.    Election of Branch Officers and Conference Delegates (2020-2021)
7.    Motions
8.    AOB

Details of the Branch positions elected at the AGM and the nomination process required are available below.

We strongly urge every member to attend the meeting and to invite along any non-members you think may be interested in joining UNISON.

The Human Resources department is being informed of this meeting and we will ask them to contact line managers to ensure staff are given the time off in order to attend.

As the AGM lasts an extra half hour to allow us to conduct the elections, a sandwich lunch and soft drinks will be provided ahead of the meeting so please aim to be there for approximately 12.15pm.

If you would like to submit a motion to the AGM or suggest an additional item for the agenda please forward these to Sandy Nicoll ( by Friday 7th February 2020 at the latest in order to allow these to be circulated ahead of the meeting.

We are asking members to seriously consider standing for positions on the Branch Committee as ensuring we have a full complement of Branch Officers not only makes the Branch more effective but spreads the weight of the important work that needs to be done.

Hope to see all of you at the meeting.

Nominations for Election of Branch Officers and Conference Delegates (2020–2021)

Nominations are invited for all posts on the Branch Committee and related Committees.

All nominations need to be seconded by another member. Please ensure that if you are nominating someone, they have agreed to stand for the position. Please send all nominations to Branch Secretary Sandy Nicoll at

Nominations should include the following details:

  • Name of person and position being nominated
  • Name of proposer
  • Name of seconder

Nominations should be submitted in writing by Tuesday 4th February. However, nominations will be accepted from the floor of the meeting only for any posts left unfilled. Current post holders need to stand for re-election if they so wish and are required to follow the same procedure as above.

Below is a list of the posts for Branch Officers and delegates to be elected at the AGM. Summaries of the main roles are available on the national UNISON webpages

We also require nominations for anyone wishing to stand as Branch Delegate to UNISON’s National Conference (This year it takes place from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 June 2020 in Brighton. Delegates are entitled to paid time off to attend and the branch will cover all required expenses).

Branch Committee Positions

PostProposed bySeconded by
Communications Officer
Education & Life-Long Learning Officer
Environmental Officer
Equal & Diversity Officer
Health & Safety Officer (Admin)
Health & Safety Officer (Library)
International Officer
Membership Officer
Welfare Officer
Black Members Officer
Disabled Members’ Officer
LGBT+ Members’ Officer
Women’s Officers
Young Members’ Officer
Workplace Stewards & Reps  
Admin Steward
Senate House North Block Steward
Daytime Porter and Cleaning Staff Rep.*
Catering Staff Rep.*
Early Morning Cleaning Staff Rep.*
IFCELS Steward
Library Steward (Reader Services)*
Library Steward (Access & Discovery)*
Library Steward (Special Collections)*
Maintenance Staff Rep.*
Security Staff Rep.*
Workplace Stewards (any department or directorate)
Workplace Contacts (any department or directorate)
Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee
Branch SecretaryAs above
Branch ChairAs above 
Position to be elected at AGM
Position to be elected at AGM
Higher Education Service Group Committee Representatives (and Regional Council Reps)  
General Seat
Women’s Seat
UNISON National Delegate Conference (Shared Delegate) – June 2020
General Seat
Women’s Seat  
Branch Auditors

If you have any queries about any of the information above, please feel free to contact Sandy Nicoll ( or any member of the branch committee.

* Please note that the details of these positions are given for information only as these positions are elected directly by the relevant section.