About the UCU

The University and College Union (UCU) represents more than 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK. UCU is the largest post-school union in the world: a force working for educators and education that employers and the government cannot ignore.

We negotiate salaries and conditions of employment for our members, as well as seeking to represent their views on professional matters affecting all aspects of higher education.  Negotiations take place both nationally and through Local Associations in individual institutions.

How to join:

To join the UCU, you must join your Local Association. Please join online or contact or

There is also information about the benefits of membership on the national UCU website. 

How to get involved:

Our branch committee members, reps and case workers are all volunteers who give of their own time for the benefit of the members, and there is often more work than we can handle.  If you want to get involved, contribute to a campaign or become a branch rep get in touch with us at or come along to one of our branch meetings.   We are particularly short of people willing to do case work, so if you are interested in this satisfying and rewarding role please get in touch.  Training and support is available.

Branch officer roles: 

Being a rep:

How to contact us:

The best way to contact us is via email at:

Our branch administrator, Isabel, will be in our office at OLDG.16 every Tuesday.  She cannot offer specialist advice but will be able to direct your query, give information on how to join, and what the union does.  Do feel free to drop by and say hello. 

Whilst we will endeavour to give you advice and help, or point you in the direction where you might obtain it, our resources are limited and our main aim is to serve and represent the interests of our members.  For that reason, unless you are a member we will be unable to represent you in the event of a dispute or a problem. 

Branch Office

Chair: Professor Fran Tonkiss

Branch Administrator (Part time):  Ms Isabel Holroyd

To contact our other officers - Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Fixed Term & Hourly Paid Staff Officer, Equality Officer - and research staff and departmental reps, please email  


Information about the UCU nationally

National UCU web site




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Page last updated 7 August 2017