Join UCU


How do I join?

You can join online immediately,

Please let your local branch membership secretary know you have joined: see contacts page.

Why Join?


UCU is the largest trade union and professional association working in further and higher education throughout the UK for anyone who works as an academic, lecturer, trainer, instructor, researcher, administrator, manager, computer staff, librarian or postgraduate.


UCU negotiates on everyone’s behalf and influences decisions on your behalf concerning

  • pay and grading
  • health & safety
  • equality
  • part-time contracts
  • research contracts


When UCU members have a problem at work, UCU supports them through local representatives and branch officers who can call on professional advice from Head Office.


News and advice on current issues is given by weekly electronic mailings.


If you want to become a representative, UCU offer many Training courses and support to develop your skills.

Benefits and Services

For financial advice, good deals for insurance, legal advice, and much more, Check the UCU benefits page or visit UCUPlus

How do I pay?

All new members now pay subscriptions by Direct Debit.  Direct Debit allows you to pay your subscription without intimating your membership status to your employer.  If you move institutions it’s easier for UCU to move your membership to your new local branch.

How Much will it cost?

The monthly subscription is based on your earnings. Current monthly subscriptions.

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