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About UCU

UCU is the largest trade union and professional association and the recognised trade union for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working at UeL. With 120,000 members nationally,  UCU is the voice of UK professionals in Further and Higher Education.

What does UCU at UeL do?

We negotiate with the employers on behalf of UCU members, for example on conditions of service. We provide advice and support for fellow members. We keep members informed and channel local opinion into the national union on major concerns such as staff pensions.

Who can join UCU?

UCU represents full-time, part-time and hourly-paid; permanent and fixed-term staff as well as postgraduate research students.

For details on how to join UCU please go to the Join UCU page.

Want to know more? Contact the membership secretary or go to

Existing Members of UCU can log into the main UCU web site using your UCU membership number to keep your details updated and to access member publications. To update your details (address changes etc) first register an online account here, then update your record here. You will need your membership number; if you don’t have this please get in touch with the membership secretary for your branch. Contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.