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15 May 2023

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 main menu.

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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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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

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The content of this website is always printed in a printer-friendly format.

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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 contact the web team for an alternative format.

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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 for key news and blog areas throughout the site.

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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 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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Last updated: 15 May 2023