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Can students or postgraduates join?

1 April 2022

Yes. There are two free membership options available.

  1. UCU's 'student membership' category is open to students training to teach in post-school education, including PGCE students. If you are a postgraduate student at a university or HE college and are planning a career in higher education (but are not an employed postgraduate student) you are also eligible for student membership. This category of membership is free while you complete your studies.
  2. If you are an enrolled PhD student who is also contracted to teach at the higher education institution at which you are registered for your PhD studies, we offer free membership for up one year. Standard Free membership is not designed for existing staff who subsequently register for a PhD where they work.
Last updated: 1 April 2022