The largest post-school union in the world

The University and College Union (UCU) is the largest post-school education union in the world, with around 130,000 members.

UCU represents further and higher education staff across the UK. Staff on fixed-term contracts as well as those on permanent contracts are eligible to join, as are postgraduate students.

Why join UCU?

UCU respresents so many staff that employers and the government cannot ignore it.

UCU works closely with other HE unions on matters of common concern when negotiating with university employers through the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff.

UCU lobbies the UK and Scottish governments on educational matters.

UCU also offers members a range of other benefits and services


UCU nationally supports a number of organisations and campaigns on behalf of members. Affiliations are agreed annually at Congress.