Volunteering as a Unison Learning Representative over the last four years, Collina has facilitated workshops and events discussing topics such as goalsetting, wellbeing, women in the workplace as well as interviews with local authors. One of her biggest achievements was leading the Black History Month campaign and events programme in 2020 alongside other colleagues across the University.
Collina has also undertaken other elected roles with Unison, such as Lifelong Learning Co-Ordinator, Equalities Officer, and Branch Chair.
She secured the award as part of the 153rd TUC Congress which took place earlier this month. Collina was nominated by Regional Learning and Development Organiser Gavin McCann who recognised her vast efforts in events and initiatives she had led over the past year, which also impressed the judging panel.
Talking about the award, Collina said: “To have my hard work celebrated and to find out I had won was a wonderful surprise. I put so much passion into the role as a ULR and I have really grown in confidence over the years in this position.
“I wholeheartedly believe that lifelong learning is the most important thing we can do for ourselves. It shows UNISON members and Loughborough University staff that it is not just something that can aid them in progressing in career setting, but personally; through building confidence and feeling that they can achieve much more than they imagined they could.”
Unison membership is available for staff members in job grades 1-5 from across the University. The Loughborough Unison committee support and negotiate on members’ behalf, and campaign for better working conditions and pay.
The Union is also passionate about fighting for fairness in equality in the workplace and beyond. In addition, the branch offers a variety of courses that aim to support members’ careers and personal development.
If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like to find out more, you can email Unison@lboro.ac.uk.