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School Uniform Grant 2017

Applications for the 2017 School Uniform Grant are now open. UNISON have set up a limited fund to help members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120. For more details and to apply, please download the documents below. Closing date for applications is 21 July 2017.

School Uniform Grant Poster

School Uniform Grant Q&A Sheet

School Uniform Grant Application Form

Changes to car parking charging hours

The University have announced a change in the daily charging period for car parking (currently 9.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays) to 8am to 6pm on weekdays and have also informed us that: "The policy in respect of staff will otherwise remain unchanged, although there will be increases in visitor parking charges to deter hospital staff and visitors from taking advantage of the cheaper rates in University car parks and therefore reducing the availability of spaces for University purposes."

This will have a significant impact on the lowest paid staff once again at University, in particular for part time cleaning staff who often work 6am to 9pm. This is another ill thought out policy from the University, many transport links are very poor to the University at the best of times, but at 5.30am in the morning getting a bus is extremely difficult and unreliable making public transport just not an option for many staff.

UNISON will be challenging this change. There are far better options than always resorting to hitting staff, particularly as external visitors pay visitor rates not staff rates as the University should know so hitting staff is completely nonsensical.

UNISON have a requested meetings with the University on this and also on car parking arrangements in general as we know it’s an increasing problem.