Contact us

The branch is composed of an Executive Committee who meet regularly, and a team of Departmental Representatives. All of these people can tell you more about Unison. They will also be able to refer you to the right person, depending on your query. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us.

Patrick Dennehy
Branch Secretary
T: 01274 234330.
Patrick is the Branch Secretary and is qualified as an ERA-accredited steward. Patrick is Unison’s lead negotiator with the University. If you have any questions relating to Unison’s campaigns, or want information on branch activities, Patrick will be pleased to help. The Secretary of the branch is the official spokesperson for the Branch and usually Chairs meetings.


Matt Hayes
T:Responsible for managing branch finances, including keeping accounts and preparing the annual return.

Equality Officer
T:This Officer post is for the holder to advise members on equality issues and the University’s Dignity and Respect policies; represents the Branch on appropriate committees.
John Purvis
Retired Members Officer
John co-ordinates the organisation of Retired Members within the Branch, including maintaining membership records and liaising with regional and national office.
Welfare Officer
T:Ensures that members seeking welfare assistance receive information and support.
Marek Podolak
Social Secretary
Marek is responsible for arranging various events to cater for all tastes across the whole membership, aiming to be as inclusive as possible. Last year, for example we ran trips to the seaside and to Blackpool illuminations