Trade Unions

GCU recognises five Trade Unions, UCU (University and College Union), Unison, EIS (The Educational Institute for Scotland, Unite and GMB. More information and contact details below: -


The University and College Union (UCU) represents over 110,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.

GCU Representative - Lyle Gray, 


The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) is the largest teaching union in Scotland. Founded in 1847 the EIS is also the oldest teaching union in the world.

GCU Representative - Nick McKerrell,


UNISON is one of the UK’s largest trade unions, serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors.

GCU Representative - Davena Rankin,


Unite is the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland with around 1.42 million members across 20 different private, public and voluntary sectors including manufacturing, public services, transport, food, finance and construction.  

GCU Representative - Kenny Munro, 


GMB has over 630,000 members across the UK & Ireland. 

GMB doesn't have a representative within the University but contact can be made through their website contact page.

Together the GCU Combined Unions representatives are involved in the following: -

  • Committee meetings such as Joint Consultative Committee
  • Themed groups such as Health and Wellbeing, Equality
  • Sit on working groups i.e. policy construction/updates/equal pay
  • Workload Allocation Model involvement
  • Higher Education Role Analysis
  • Ensure Fairness
  • First port of call when issues arise
  • Negotiate collectively
  • Give staff viewpoint
The GCU Joint Consultative Committee aims to build more positive relationships between University management and trade union colleagues.  The committee meets on a quarterly basis.