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About this site

Information for visitors on using the UCU website

Please read our privacy policy statement here.

Finding your way around this site

You can find the information you want on this site in a number of ways:

  • use the search facility by typing in the subject you are looking for and click on 'go' 
  • use the site map to see an overview of the site's main areas
  • browse through the site by clicking on the left-hand menu or flyouts.

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Navigating the website

The main navigation includes 'flyout' links which means when your mouse rolls over the main section name links to the main pages within that section appear to allow you to navigate directly to them. As you click through the pages the left hand navigation will change colour and may open up to let you know which section you are in.

All text links appear in a pink font.

Many pages will also provide links on the right hand side - either as text or as an image - to other website pages or other websites that may be of interest.

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Accessibility and accesskeys

Accesskeys are keyboard shortcuts used for quickly navigating around the site; not all web browsers include this feature, but they are especially useful for screenreaders. The current UCU website accesskeys are as follows:

  • s = skip navigation
  • 1 = go to the home page
  • 3 = go to the sitemap

To use the keys:

Alt + [the accesskey]:

  • Internet Explorer for Windows
  • Chrome for Windows (not that Shift is required in some circumstances
  • Safari for Windows

Shift + Alt + [the accesskey]:

  • Firefox for Windows

Ctrl + Option + [the accesskey]:

  • Safari for Mac
  • Chrome for Mac
  • Firefox for Mac

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Information available on the site

This website covers the main areas for members or other visitors:

  • News
    All the latest news and press releases from UCU.
  • Campaigns
    Up-to-date information on UCU's key campaigns and resources for members and branches.
  • Pay & conditions
    Key information on the pay, conditions and pensions of UCU members throughout further and higher education
  • Getting support
    A basic overview of the key issues affecting UCU members' working lives and how to get help with problems.
  • Professional and policy
    Look at the wider professional aspects of UCU members' working lives and careers, as well as providing an overview of key UCU policy and publications.
  • About UCU
    Information about the union and its structures.
  • Your membership
    Information for UCU members on the union's services and benefits.
  • Contacts
    Key UCU contact information.
  • Events and training
    Information on union events and training courses which may be of interest to members.
  • UCU activists
    Resource centre for UCU activists, branches and local associations, including training.
  • Equality
    An overview of UCU's equality work and help and advice on tackling all forms of discrimination.
  • Health, safety and environment
    Latest news and information for UCU members on health, safety and environment matters.
  • Join UCU
    How and why to join the union.

Some pages contain information intended for UCU members only. If you come across such a page and you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to do so.

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Copyright material presented on the UCU website is owned by UCU, unless otherwise stated.

Visitors are permitted to print and download extracts for their own personal or union use, provided the source and UCU's copyright is acknowledged.

No one shall, without prior consent of the UCU, transmit, reproduce or store any of the material from the UCU site in any other web site or incorporate or reproduce any material in any database whether electronic, manual or printed from.

Requests for consent should be submitted to web@ucu.org.uk

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Page structure

The page structure of the site stays the same throughout the site and has the following features:

  • the UCU logo in the top left hand corner, which links back to the home page
  • the main site tools (site map, using this site) and a news reader (RSS) link at the top of every page
  • links to the different content areas on the left-hand side
  • a link to the join pages in the top right hand corner
  • member login, shortcuts, the search facility and related links on the right-hand side
  • secondary site tools (email this page, print, email alerts, privacy statement and feedback) at the foot of every page.

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The content of this website is always printed in a printer-friendly format. To print a page in printer-friendly format click on 'print version' link at the bottom of the page.

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Documents available for download

The majority of documents available from the UCU site are available in either Portable Document Format (PDF), rich text format (RTF) or both. Occasionally we are restricted to supplying only Microsoft Word® documents. If a document is provided in a format you can't access, please email the web editors for an alternative format.

PDFs can be opened using a number of programmes. The most widespread is Adobe® Acrobat Reader®, which is free software that lets you view and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms, as well as fill in and submit Adobe PDF forms online. An expanded version of Acrobat Reader for Windows offers additional functionality, including support for the visually impaired and the ability to search a collection of Adobe PDF files. To obtain Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® select: www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

RTF documents can be opened using any text editing programme, although some formatting may be lost if you open the file using another programme if the document was created using Microsoft Word®.

Microsoft Word® documents can be opened using other programmes, but formatting is likely to be affected.

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Keeping updated

There are a couple of ways you can make sure you're kept up-to-date with changes to the UCU website. You can subscribe to our regular email list. Or you can subscribe to our news feeds.

News feeds are available through a variety of different programmes and are used to subscribe to a special page on the UCU website which will automatically tell you if the website has been updated. Please see our 'News feeds and RSS' page for more information.

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Sending us site feedback

Please use our site feedback form to let the web team know your comments or problems on using the UCU site.

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We do our best to make sure information on this site is accurate and up to date. While we try to ensure that all content provided by UCU is correct at the time of publication we cannot take any responsibility for any loss arising out of use of the information on this site. Where necessary you should not rely on it applying in your own circumstances and members should take further advice as appropriate by contacting your regional official.

Some content on this site, or on some sites hosted by UCU, is provided by local branches, UCU members or members of the public and therefore the views expressed are not necessarily those of the general secretary or the national executive committee. UCU is not responsible for any content posted by members or non-members on the site.

UCU cannot guarantee that functionality of the site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that ucu.org.uk or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to implement sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the accuracy of data input and output.

Links to other websites generally open in a new browser window. UCU cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites, nor does any link count as an endorsement of the site or its content.

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