Joining details and membership


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Almost 110,000 of your colleagues have chosen to belong to UCU - the largest union and most effective voice for people working in further and higher education. This includes administrators, researchers, postgraduate students and teachers on fixed term contracts: Join UCU on line today... or call 03332070719.

FAQ - Why join the UCU?

and a message to those on fixed term contracts.

How much does it cost to become a UCU member?

UCU membership normally has a National and a Local subscription rate. UCU membership ranges from £1.01 to around £25 per calendar month depending on earnings. You can get income tax relief on your subscription too. Follow this link for more information about UCU membership.

Suscription rates.

Free membership: Membership is now free for registered PhD students who are also engaged in paid teaching or similar work. Any PhD students who are already paying a membership fee can change the status of their membership by visiting the UCU website.


Please remember to keep your records up to date at My UCU. Please check your details; It is also important to be paying the correct subscription rate as services and benefits – including legal aid and advice – can only be provided to those paying the correct subscription.

Ballot Exclusion

Please also read the information regarding ballot exclusion below and make sure you note in your membership record if you need to be excluded (or let us know and we will do this for you).  If you have recently returned from long-term leave, you also need to check that you are not ballot excluded.

  The following members are not balloted:

  •  Members on long-term sickness, maternity, parental or study leave ie who would not be expected to take industrial action on the day envisaged (please err on the side of caution).  These members should be ballot excluded individually and the ballot exclusion removed when appropriate.
  •  Members employed by a different employer to the ‘main’ institutional one.  UCU branches generally cover one employer, but individuals may have contracts with outside organisations.  These members should be ballot excluded individually.

For further membership information please contact Penelope Smith (Local Branch administrator and casework coordinator).


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