Join UCU

Why join UCU? Almost 110,000 of your colleagues have chosen to belong to UCU – the largest union and most effective voice for people like you working in post-school education.

UCU is the largest post-school union in the world: a force working for education that your employer and the government cannot ignore. It understands the work you do, and the problems you face. And, of course, the more members UCU has, the more effective the support and protection we offer will be.

Whether you are an academic, lecturer, trainer, instructor, researcher, administrator, manager, computer staff, librarian or postgraduate from a university, college, prison, adult education or training organisation, UCU is the union for you.

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.


If you are unsure about your eligibility to join, contact the UCU’s national membership department or talk to us.