How do I join?

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Why join?

UCU is the largest post-school union in the world with over 120,000 members. It represents further and higher education staff across the UK. UCU also works closely with other unions on matters of common concern. Joint membership arrangements, giving membership of both UCU and the partner organisation are available with a number of other unions.

How do I pay?

All new members now pay subscriptions by Direct Debit; we no longer offer the option of paying subscriptions direct from salary. The payroll deduction method is being phased out nationally because it is expensive and time-consuming to administer. Direct Debit allows you to pay your subscription without intimating your membership status to your employer. And, if you move between institutions, it is easier for UCU HQ to make sure your membership is moved to your new local branch.

In order to offset the cost of administering the direct-from-salary subscription payments, we have had to introduce a 50p a month surcharge for members who pay using this method. If you are currently paying subs direct from salary and would like to change to payment by Direct Debit, please contact the National Membership Team on 0333 207 0719 (Lines open 9.15am-4.45pm Mon-Fri. Calls are charged at standard rates; if you have inclusive call minutes or an allowance calls to this number are usually included (please check with your provider).


How much will it cost?

Monthly Subscriptions for 2018 - 2019 (payable from 1 September 2018)

Subscriptions are based on your earnings so those who earn less, pay less.


National Sub

Local Sub


£60,000 pa and above




£40,000 - £59,999 pa




£30,000 - £39,999 pa




£20,000 - £29,999 pa £18.32 £3.42 £21.74

£10,000 - £19,999 pa




£5,000 - £9,999 pa




Below £5,000 pa




Retired members




Attached members





UCU offer free membership for research students who also teach. It is our way of telling those at the start of the journey that we are on your side and will stand with you throughout your career.

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