Who qualifies for free membership and from what date?

UCU is offering free membership for up to four years in two categories of staff.

In higher education, registered PhD students who are also engaged in paid teaching or similar work for their host university. These people are sometimes called Graduate Teaching Assistants or PhD tutors but can also be described in other ways.

In further education, staff who engage in teaching or related activity but who are NOT employed on a teaching or lecturing contract. These people are sometimes called instructors or assessors but can also be described in other ways.

These two categories will become eligible for free membership from 1 October 2017.

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