The UCU represents a wide range of staff at all stages of their careers in the UK’s higher education and research establishments. All academic and related staff, whether in pre- or post-1992 institutions, are eligible to join. Those members of staff catered for include:

  • academics,
  • researchers (including Postdoctoral Researchers and Medical Research Council staff),
  • administrators,
  • computer staff,
  • librarians, and
  • postgraduates employed to do teaching or related work.

Eligibility is not dependent on type of contract, and we represent permanent, full-time, fixed-term, part-time, and hourly-paid staff. The UCU can be of particular help to members on fixed-term contracts.

For rates and information on free membership, please see our membership page.

Some professional services staff (on grades 1 to 4) may not be eligible for UCU due to the terms of our agreement with the University.  Please contact one of our fellow Unions, UNITE or UNISON for support.

UCU’s new on-line joining facility is up and running. This makes it even easier to recruit colleagues. Just send them a link and they can join on-line there and then. You can access on-line joining on this page of the new website and click ‘I’m ready to apply now‘.

You can also telephone 0330 207 0719 – calls to 0330 numbers are local calls.

If you still have questions, just email our administrator and ask.

We can arrange for one of our active members to meet with you to talk about what we do; again, email our administrator.