UNISON Book Club Launch

5 January 2022 2:00pm–3:00pm

UNISON Branch Office, 4 Holywell Drive, Loughborough University

We are a friendly and relaxed group of staff who meet on a monthly basis to discuss our current book. We will read different genres, and aim to vary between more demanding / non-fiction reads and lighter books. We want to stretch ourselves and have stimulating discussions where all views are valid.

Black History Month: The many faces of minority status

28 October 2021 3:00pm–4:00pm

Online via Teams

This talk draws upon the work of acclaimed anthropologist Albert Memmi to discuss what it means to be a ‘minority’ in the context of modern societies.

How to say when it’s not OK, by Professor Elizabeth Stokoe

12 October 2021 1:00pm–2:30pm

Online via Teams

When someone says or does something problematic or offensive, what are our interactional options for responding, right in the moment?

Doing and Performing Gender and Sex: sociological perspectives on the sex-gender distinction

17 June 2021 3:00pm–4:00pm

Online via Teams

Sociological perspectives on sex and gender have developed from a binary understanding of sex and gender as biological categories, through the social construction of gender, and the performance of both sex and gender. This talk gives an overview of the development of different sociological approaches to sex and gender and emphasises the importance of intersectional […]

Learning at Work Week 2021: Working in times of the pandemic: protecting meaning & wellbeing

20 May 2021 12:00pm–1:00pm

Online via Teams

In this interactive lecture Eva Selenko will draw on (own) research and empirical data on what makes meaning and well-being at work, how Covid related changes might have impacted and what can be done to protect meaning and well-being. The session will allow for small group exchanges, a sharing of experiences and ideas, and a q&a session in the end.

Branch Members only: International Women’s Day: UNISON Lunchtime Keynote: Getting to ‘yeh’ without feeling ‘meh’

11 March 2021 12:30pm–1:30pm


We all have lots of ideas to make our work and personal lives better.  Yet, putting these ideas into practice, can often be difficult, particularly if we lack the skills and confidence to act on them. 

LGBTQ+ History Month: The love that dare not speak its name: LGBTQ Love Poems Through The Ages

26 February 2021 12:00am–12:30am

Virtual Event

In his poem ‘Two Loves’ of 1892, Lord Alfred Douglas—the lover of Oscar Wilde—famously described homosexual love as ‘the love that dare not speak its name’. However, literary history shows that in fact, quite the opposite was true. If we search through poetic anthologies, we will find endless examples of such love daring to ‘speak […]

Learning at Work Week: Powerful goal setting for banishing stress

9 October 2020 1:30pm–2:30pm


Life – both inside and outside of study and work – can be a source of pressure and stress. However, the good news is that we can better manage the stress that comes our way if we know how.

Learning at Work Week: How to improve the feedback you give and receive

8 October 2020 1:30pm–2:30pm


Every day, every conversation, every interaction includes feedback.

At Loughborough, as part of coursework assessments, performance and project reviews, we try our best to communicate with each other about what works and what doesn’t.

Learning at Work Week: Sleep, wellbeing and mental health

7 October 2020 2:00pm–3:00pm


This session will examine connections between sleep, wellbeing and mental health.