How much does it cost to join the UCU?
All of the information that you will need to join the UCU can be found on our Join the UCU page. The application form is available to download and contains information about the latest membership fees.
I'm on a fixed term contract, is there any point in joining the union?
Yes, absolutely. The union actively campaigns for staff on fixed term contracts. Often being a member of the union can give you access to the advice and representation that can make a difference in improving your employment situation. Also as we negotiate pay and conditions collectively the higher the unions membership the stronger our bargaining position is.
Contacting the union
I would like to speak to the union about a problem I am having. Who do I contact?
Any of the union's activists are available to speak to you about any problems that you may be having. Nothing that you say to any union representative will go any further unless you wish it to. Your first point of contact is your departmental representative, although you are welcome to get directly in touch with a member of the committee if you think that it would be more appropriate. Departmental representatives and committee members are listed on the Contacting LUCU page.
What if I have a problem and do not have a departmental representative?
Please contact a member of the committee or a departmental representative in another department and they will put you in touch with someone who can help with your query.
What if I do not have a departmental representative?
If you do not have a departmental representative and are a member of the UCU, you might like to consider volunteering for the position. Departmental representatives take part in occasional meetings and pass on information to members within their department. They are also the first call for members who have any queries. The position is a rewarding way to help your colleagues and take part in the way your union is run. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or to offer yourself for this role.
As a UCU member do I get free legal support?
UCU generally tries to resolve members' problems through negotiation, usually at a local level. However, in situations that require access to legal support your UCU membership can entitle you to free legal support. The UCU also offers a legal helpline that you can contact by calling 01179 330642.
Does union membership gain any discounts with any companies such as insurance?
There is a whole range of benefits, including free personal insurance cover, free legal liability cover (for employment related incidents), hotel and travel offers, personal finance and insurance offers (general, home, motor and travel), road rescue packages, and more.