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About Newman University UCU

What does Newman University UCU do?

The University and College Union (UCU) is the trades union in the UK which works for professionals in higher and further education, including lecturers, researchers, and academic-related staff such as librarians, administrators and computing professionals.

Newman University UCU is the local branch of the University and College Union, and we provide advice and support to members employed at Newman University. We negotiate with the University on behalf of our members, for example on conditions of service. We also offer individual support for members in relation to difficulties encountered as part of their employment by Newman.

 How is the branch organised?

We are run by a committee, and welcome new committee members.

Email Dan Whisker ( if you would like to volunteer!

 What if I need advice or support with a workplace issue?

If you would like advice or information on issues related to a particular committee member’s area of responsibility, then you can contact them directly. This link will tell you more about the different kinds of advice and support which UCU can offer

If you would like to access confidential support and advice about a workplace issue which directly concerns you, you can get this from a caseworker.  

To get a caseworker, you can contact the Chair, Louise Hickman ( or Vice Chair, Dan Whisker ( for an initial discussion of your case, or if you prefer, you can also contact any of the caseworkers directly.

 Why should I join?

Follow this link if you would like to join, to find out more about the benefits of membership, or to check your eligibility.