On the 23rd July we had our annual away day. This year we held it at the Folk House, which has a suitably progressive history – the centre began in the 1870’s with the aim of supporting access to education in the Bristol community.  

The day started with a reflection on where we are as a branch. Sadly, our Branch Secretary who was elected in April, Gareth Gough, has stepped down as he is off to China to teach English – we wish you all the best Gareth! However, our brilliant Chair Rebecca Staatz will be stepping up until our next AGM in March to continue casework and the work of the branch secretary. Gareth’s stepping down has also provided an opportunity for more of the exec to take on hours working for Unison – and there was a real feeling of banding together as a team to make our branch the best it can be at the day! 

We then had group discussions around some key areas where we wanted to make changes this year – more surgeries, an improved website, a new newsletter, member engagement and the reintroduction of lunch n learn sessions. This was followed by a delicious mezze lunch from Bristol Folk House – highly recommended! 

The afternoon consisted of creating an action plan, with different members of the exec taking responsibility for different areas.  

We are excited to get started on our plans for the next 7 months and to share our progress with you!  

The University of Bristol Unison Exec.

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