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Why Join?

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.

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.