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Annual congress & sector conference

UCU's supreme policy-making body of the union is its annual congress. Congress includes separate annual meetings of UCU's further and higher education sector conferences, where policy particular to these areas is decided.

In addition, special sector conferences are sometimes called between the annual congress meetings in order to pass policy on specific urgent matters.

Next meeting:

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus crisis, UCU's annual Congress meeting is postponed and will not take place 27-29 May 2020 as originally scheduled. Information about alternative arrangements will be made available at a future date.


Special congress: democracy commission - 7 December, Manchester
Special HE sector conference: USS dispute - 6 December, Manchester
UCU Congress 2019 - 25-27 May, Harrogate


Branch and local association representation at both the annual congress and any special sector conference is based on member numbers, with smaller branches forming an aggregation which has the right to send a delegate:

UCU in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also have annual conferences in order to pass policy on specific national issues.

Last updated: 19 March 2020