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Students training to teach

7 March 2007

We offer free membership to students training to be lecturers and postgraduate students planning a career in post-school education.

Early careers

We positively encourage people planning to enter lecturing as a career to join our union. So, if you are a student training to teach in post-school education on a PGCE/Cert Ed in the post-compulsory education and training sector, you can join UCU free of charge for the duration of your course. Membership will continue to be free for up to a year after you finish your course, until you start work - and we even have advice for you about finding a job.

You can also join UCU as a student member if you are a postgraduate studying for a career in further or higher education, as long as you have declared an intention to pursue a career in post-school education and are not currently employed in providing teaching or research

UCU is active in a range of campaigns to promote further and higher education and the interests of our members - for the latest on these see our news and campaigns pages. We campaign for better student funding, and work closely with the National Union of Students (NUS).

Click here for information on UCU's CPD programme which includes free resources and courses for UCU members

Last updated: 26 March 2020