Join UCU

Why join UCU?

UCU is recognised by the employers to represent academic and academic-related staff in universities.

UCU negotiates annual pay increases for academic and academic-related staff with the national employers’ organisation, UCEA.

  • UCU provides a national voice for university professionals on all issues relating to higher education.
  • At a local level, Keele UCU negotiates conditions of service with the University.
  • UCU advises members on all work-related matters, and represents members involved in grievances or disciplinary action.
  • UCU keeps members informed through the local newsletter and national bulletins, and responds to members’ views through General Meetings and ballots.
  • A wide range of financial concessions are available to members. More details.

More details on the national web-site.

Who can join?

Membership is open to all academic and academic-related staff, including postgraduate students who teach, in any university or equivalent or related institution. The term `academic-related’ applies to all staff whose occupation normally requires a degree or equivalent professional qualification.



How to join

Please contact Membership Secretary to obtain a membership form from or apply online

Subscriptions are paid by monthly direct debit or annual cheque. The subscription includes a national and a local element. The national element includes a contribution to the political fund, amounting to 1%, which members may opt out of. The tables on the UCU pages show the subscriptions.

Retired membership

Members who retire can retain many of the benefits of UCU membership for a subscription of £2.23 per month.  please contact the Membership Secretary