Real Living Wage Listening Campaign

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We need volunteers to help in a listening campaign to talk to staff about the real living wage and other work issues and help move the university towards being a real living wage employer for all.


If you are interested in volunteering as a listener you can register for one date in the training below:

3rd Dec 2-4 Kings Gate 1.20 Level 1

6th Dec 10-12  Great North Museum Small exhibition space

10th Dec 10-12  Bamburgh room, , Lindisfarne Building

11th Dec 2-4  Armstrong reception rooms Lounge


A scoping group chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Julie Sanders has been set up to consider the possibility of the University becoming an accredited Real Living Wage Employer. The group which includes student representation is due to report to Executive Board in March/April 2019.

The real Living Wage is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by over 4,700 UK employers who believe a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay. Find out more at

To help inform the scoping work we will be undertaking a listening campaign to hear about individual experiences of working at the University and the impact this has on daily life.   There will be a particular focus on trying to capture the views of those people whose opinions  have traditionally been underrepresented in existing employee feedback mechanisms.

The listening campaign will take place in January/February 2019 and will involve meeting people in small groups to hear their views.  We are looking for volunteers to help with listening campaign by talking to people about issues such as the real living wage, working patterns etc.  

Full training will be provided over the next 2 weeks  - and will be useful transferrable skills for other areas of life and work.

This is your chance to help colleagues' voices be heard on key issues.  If you would like to find out more about what is involved please email me.

The idea is that pairs of trained listeners (most likely pairs of people that include students and staff across every grade) will do a listening session with individuals or with a small group of staff (from the staff currently either now getting real living wage or those just above so grades A, B or C). A real living wage is £9 per hr outside London. We are currently arranging some timetabled sessions for this to happen in the New Year with cleaners, those in catering, porters, those working on estates, those in accommodation, security etc.

For me this is about several things. It's about providing the information we need - the stories from people - for the university to pay Real Living Wage to everyone including of course students. It’s also about building relationships across the university since this kind of listening is about relationships. And it's about the university learning a different methodology to use in making changes in the future in other areas.


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