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Why join UCU? Almost 120,000 of your colleagues have chosen to belong to UCU - the largest union and most effective voice for people like you working in post-school education.

Join UCU online today : Join UCU online today

UCU is the largest post-school union in the world: a force working for education that your employer and the government cannot ignore. It understands the work you do, and the problems you face. And, of course, the more members UCU has, the more effective the support and protection we offer will be. 


Join UCU online today


Whether you are an academic, lecturer, trainer, instructor, researcher, administrator, manager, computer staff, librarian or postgraduate from a university, college, prison, adult education or training organisation, UCU is the union for you.

Read our membership FAQs here, including how much it costs to be a member.

Applications to join UCU are accepted subject to our Rules and such eligibility criteria as we have in place from time to time. We will contact you direct if we have any queries.



Joint union memberships

MRC  •  BAOT  •  BDA  •  BECTU  •  BOS  •  CSP  •  NUJ  •  NUT  •  RCM  •  RCN  •  SCP  •  SOR  


MRC logo : Medical Reseach Council logoMedical Research Council employees

You are eligible to become a full member of UCU if you are in full-time, part-time or self employment and you work as a non-clinical scientist for the MRC. Full membership requires you to pay a subscription rate based on your annual earnings.

You can join online or complete the hard copy application form below:


BAOT logo : British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) logoBritish Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)

Under the terms of the joint membership agreement UNISON BAOT members eligible to join UCU do not have to pay any national or local subscription. This is remitted to UCU by UNISON.

You can join online or complete the hard copy application form below:


BECTU logo : Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph & Theatre Union (BECTU) logoBroadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph & Theatre Union (BECTU)

Any members of BECTU engaged in the field of educational technology and employed on university academic or academic related scales may become a member of both associations on a dual membership basis. Eligible applicants should complete the standard full UCU application and direct debit forms (online or using the form below), and pay the national and local subscription rates appropriate to the income derived from the university employment. They should then inform BECTU that they are joint members in order to benefit from the BECTU concessionary rate on their subscription (BECTU, 373-377 Clapham Road, London SW9 9BT; tel: 020 7346 0900).


BOS logo : British Orthoptic Society (BOS) logoBritish Orthoptic Society (BOS)

BDA logo : British Dietetic Association (BDA) logoBritish Dietetic Association (BDA)

CSP logo : Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) logoChartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

RCN logo : Royal College of Nursing (RCN) logoRoyal College of Nursing (RCN)

RCM logo : Royal College of Midwives (RCM) logoRoyal College of Midwives (RCM)

SCP logo : Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) logoSociety of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP)

SOR logo : Society of Radiographers (SOR) logoSociety of Radiographers (SOR)

Under the terms of the joint membership agreements with BOS, SOR, BDA, SCP, CSP, RCN and RCM, joint members benefit from a 25% discount on the standard UCU national subscription and 25% discount on the other organisations standard subscription.

Once you have completed a UCU application you need to contact the other organisation to complete any necessary documentation.

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NUT logo : National Union of Teachers (NUT) logoNational Union of Teachers (NUT)

The UCU and NUT have a partnership agreement.

The partnership agreement recognises the UCU as the organising union in higher education, further education and adult and continuing education (ACE) colleges and the NUT as the organising union in schools and other institutions educating school age children and in sixth form colleges.

The agreement provides for joint membership arrangements, so that UCU and NUT members who move to institutions where the other union is the organising union can stay in membership of their existing union but also take up joint membership of the organising union. Both unions encourage their members to take up joint membership in such circumstances.


NUJ logo : National Union of Journalists (NUJ) logoNational Union of Journalists (NUJ)

Under the terms of the joint agreement with NUJ, members should pay the UCU national and local subscription based on their earnings. When UCU membership has been confirmed, members requiring joint membership with NUJ should contact them to confirmt hey are a UCU member. The NUJ will give such joint members a discount on the NUJ subscription.

You can join online or complete the hard copy application form below:


You can find the joint union subscription rates here


Post completed applications to:

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